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Obedience and pain
Obedience treats pain (4)

David has made too many mistakes and has disobeyed God, so he entered into the maze of bitter pains, but at the end, he humbled himself and said: “I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are very great.” (1 chronicles 21:13). Also, when he sinned and Nathan the prophet came out to him, he did not defy but admitted about his sin and asked God saying: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow, Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice,… Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” (Psalm 51:7, 8, and 11). Definitely God has heard him and has answered and restored to him the joy of His salvation along with happiness and abundant comforts.

Brother, for how long you will keep rejecting? I ask you to obey now, for your disobedience will increase your pains. Thus accept, surrender and submit. If you have not obeyed the way you should to protect yourself from various pains, you better submit and obey now in order to ease your pain.

Lets obey and accept when God deprives us from something or postpone another thing. Let us rest in the Lord as David said: “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,   Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” (Psalm 37:7)

Let us learn obedience from our Lord who: “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8). He, Who was obeyed became obedient and said: “Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?” ( John 18:11); In God’s school, there is no exception from the subject of obedience.

Let Jesus’ way of thinking and attitude penetrate in us, as Apostle Paul said: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”. What did this mind do in Jesus Christ?!  Apostle Paul continues on saying: “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

If the only begotten blessed son has obeyed to the point of death, even the death of the cross, is it not rather we, ourselves, must obey?

Magdy Samuel

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