Hebrews 5:8. Through His suffering on the cross, Jesus had His obedience tested. Though He could have easily gotten down off the cross, He knew He must suffer in order to obey God's will. Sometimes when we suffer, God is either teaching us obedience or testing our obedience. Sometimes we are not very obedient to God because we think our way is better than His so we rebel by doing what we want instead of what God tells us. When we become rebellious, God will give us some suffering to get our attention and make us aware that our rebellion is hurting us, and we need to restore our obedience to God. Other times, we are obeying God well, but He will test us by allowing us to suffer some. It is easy to obey God when everything is right, but when things get tough, it becomes much harder to obey God. When we endure pressure and adversity while maintaining our obedience, we become stronger in our obedience to God's will. If you are suffering, evaluate how obedient you are to God. If you are rebelling, quickly confess and restore your obedience. If you are obeying God, cling to your obedience and know that you are passing God's test and pleasing Him very much.