Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him Hebrews 5:8-9
My BSGs have decided we can whittle down any Bible study to one word: “Obey.” We joke now about how if we want any blessing, to hear His Word, to see our lives transformed well, all we need to do is “obey.” Easy enough, right? Just ask a few thousand Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years.
In a study we are in right now the question was asked: “What happens between childhood and adulthood that causes children and adults to respond differently to God?” We all knew, and had experienced, the various reasons. My friend Caroline shared that a child’s faith is so pure and beautiful but an adult’s return to faith takes on a different and deeper beauty. We all agreed a child’s faith has yet to be tested. Yet to be disappointed and hurt.
I came to my Christian faith as an adult. I believed in God throughout my childhood. I don’t know why – some amazing work of God reaching into my child heart and mind telling me He was there. But I fell away from that quiet, pure relationship as I got older. I didn’t understand how His ways were so completely different than the world’s. And now, as an adult I’m learning something that has set my feet more firmly on the path to Him. He is perfect.
Today I praise God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for their perfection. For when we accept that basic truth, we can turn back to it over and over when we consider disobeying Him. Because we have to examine why we choose to disobey His Word. Is it because we think we know better? We don’t trust Him? Or maybe we just haven’t taken the time to listen to Him?
When things go off kilter in our lives and we also accept that God is perfect we then must also accept that what is happening has a purpose. Which means we need to lean in closer to listen and obey. We need to rest in the peace that He’s “got this.” We don’t need to run ahead of Him and solve every problem on our own. We don’t need to stay awake night after night brewing and stewing over our children, our job, our relationships. We take it to Him and say, “You have the perfect solution. Show me. Lead me. And I will obey.”
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
For so many of us this is our hill to conquer. Our place of greatest need. To acknowledge His perfection and our imperfections. To accept that we need to humble ourselves and accept His correction or wisdom.
I may no longer rest my head at night with the same pure, unquestioning faith that there is a god. But my adult-sized faith has been set in the kiln. My relationship with God has become a beautiful piece of art. In His perfection He is transforming my heart into something worthy of His love.