A disciple

Hebrews 5:8  Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered

A disciple obeys God every step of the way on the path laid out for his or her life.  God calls each of us to a purpose, but we have a choice to make when it comes to playing the role He has for us.  But how do we know what to obey?  How do we know that what we’re doing is really what God wants?

We can never truly know God’s will for us and what He would have us to do if we never know Him for who He is.  If we’re ignorant of God’s character we may think we’re acting on something He’d have us do, only to contradict His very nature by doing so.  Knowing God leads to knowing His will and it becomes that much more clear what to obey.

The Bible isn’t primarily a list of rules to follow and restrictions to keeps us from sinning.  Those things are contained within, but God’s Word is first and foremost God’s self-revelation to mankind.  He shows us who He is so we can understand what He wants.

Take this into consideration:  Jesus, the perfect Son of God, learned obedience through suffering.  Yes, Jesus learned obedience.  By walking in what God the Father sent Him to do, by suffering as a human, He learned what obedience was all about.  Sometimes it’s the same for us.  Sometimes we only really know God through experiencing Him in times of struggle.  If we abide in Him, He’ll reveal Himself to us and we can walk in obedience by knowing who He is.