Lent Devotions: Day 8
The Journey Through
Read: Philippians 2:1-11
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross! (v. 7,8)
If you’ve faced a difficulty like joblessness, divorce, financial loss, severe illness, the death of a loved one, or parenting a prodigal, you know the taste of hardship. It tastes like concrete–rock hard and weighty enough to sink the best heart. Somewhere in my own recovery from childhood abuse, I realized that the only way out was to “journey through.” When I tried to avoid the pain in various ways, things only got more difficult.
We often look for an easy way to get around the hardships of life. Yet when Jesus found himself in difficult situations, he didn’t seek the easy route–he sought his Father’s voice. What the Father said, he did. Even when he asked for a different way (Luke 22:42) and the answer was “no,” he still obeyed. The only way out was to journey through: through the contempt of his fellow Jews; through the torture of the Roman guards; through the incalculable weight of carrying all the sin of the world on his sinless shoulders; through the nails and wood and death to glory.
Scripture says that even Jesus learned obedience through the things that he suffered (Hebrews 5:8). Rather than avoid hardship, during this Lenten season we are invited to enter into the darkness while keeping our ears tuned ever more closely for our Father’s voice. –Amy Blackledge
Prayer: When life threatens to undo me, speak to me louder than my terror. Amen.