How many of you have seen the movie, The Lion King?
One of the most iconic phrases of the movie is when King Mufasa catches his son who has gone into the valley- a place he is not allowed to go. When King Mufasa finds Simba he says to him, “You have deliberately disobeyed me.” The rules that King Mufasa asked Simba to obey where not cruel but actually for Simba’s own good.
In Hebrews this week we are reminded that Jesus, although God, although King, “learned obedience.” Jesus could have done whatever he wanted. Jesus could have made himself the authority of all things. Yet, instead over and again Jesus obeyed God and continually pointed to God for direction.
Jesus’ obedience is seen most clear in his submission to the cross. Jesus had a hard time with this as we see in scripture Jesus asks, “Father, if it be your will, take this cup from me.” Luke 22:42. Jesus could have disobeyed God and fled. Jesus could have proved himself God and “saved himself” as those watching tempted him to do. Yet, Jesus was obedient. Although obedience cost Jesus his earthly life it gained salvation for the world.
Although Jesus could have done whatever he wanted he obeyed God. The obedience was not due to a need for God to have control or power or show Jesus who is boss. Obedience rather was for the good of the world. We too obey God because God knows what is best for us.
This week maybe obedience looks like forgiveness or maybe it looks like praying for your enemy. Possibly obedience looks like resisting the temptation to lie. Maybe obedience looks like giving your time to volunteer. Although obedience to God and God’s word is difficult at times it is the best for us. At times we cannot see this in the moment but that is where trust and faith come to give us confidence and assurance that God’s direction is best for us.
Take a moment and pray this familiar hymn and be reminded of the deep happiness of trust and obedience in God.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.