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As I look at Philippians 2:9-11, the first very first word strikes a chord. The word “Therefore” indicates that what is about to happen is a result of a previous action.

Just prior, in verse 8, we read that Jesus was obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. And verse 9 reads, “Therefore, God has highly exalted Him . . .”

Why was Jesus exalted? And not just exalted, but highly exalted!

Jesus was exalted because He obeyed. He did the will of His Father.

Jesus obeyed even though He didn’t want to do what was being asked of Him.

Jesus obeyed even though it was painful and humiliating.

Jesus obeyed. Period.

Is that not what we are being asked to do in our own lives? To seek the will of the Father and then have the determination and grace to do what is asked of us?

It may be distasteful. It may not be what WE want. We know that Jesus wanted something different. We know He prayed that the cup of death would pass Him by, “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).

It may be so out of our comfort zone that we want to turn and run away. But we must stay the course.

There will be times in our lives when the season is stormy. When the days are dark and gloomy. And the nights are even darker. We are tossed about and feel like we cannot hold on a single minute longer.

But we can. We have to trust that He is strong enough to battle the storms on our behalf. That He is big enough to handle whatever comes our way.

One of our goals as Christians, as children of God, is to seek the will of the Father, but not just seek His will, but have the courage to do His will. To be obedient.

And we will get thorough the storm.

And then, hopefully, at the end of our life there will be a “Therefore” followed by a “well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Today: Read Philippians 2:9-11



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When has obedience “cost” you something,
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Mary Bonner

Mary has been married to her best friend, John, for over 30 years. They have a grown son and recently added a daughter-in-law. Mary currently lives in the Northeast, but a part of her heart is still in the Midwest. Mary writes about some of the heartbreaks she has experienced--the loss of a child, the loss of her parents, and a debilitating illness. But through it all, one thing has remained constant: The Lord’s comfort, peace, and strength.

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