I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion. Victor or Victim

Hebrews 5:8-9 (KJV) Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Who am I to get mad at God when life gets difficult, tragedies happen and things don’t go as planned? Jesus was God. He didn’t have to go along with His Father’s program for humankind.

Jesus didn’t have to leave Glory to live in poverty, be ridiculed, and have no earthly home. He didn’t have to allow Himself to be tortured and murdered and treated like a common criminal.

He did it out of trust in His Father and love for us. Nothing that happened to Jesus was His fault. Can we say the same?

Nothing that happens to you or I rises to the level of what Jesus went through. He took responsibility. He lived without recriminations, or turning His back on His Father. He trusted, and in that trust offered a way for you and I to know life—now and forever.

Jesus was, is a victor, not a victim. In Him, we can be victors, too. It’s a matter of trust—and obedience.

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve the LORD.

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