Surrender to God’s Purposes
Scripture: Hebrews 13:20-21
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Have you experienced the frustration of trying to accomplish some task without having the right equipment? Having the proper equipment is usually over 50% of the battle. The work can become irritating and time consuming when we try to do things without the proper equipment!
Our scripture today reminds us that we need to be properly equipped in order to be led by God into His purposes for our lives. The passage begins with getting to the source of the equipment: The God of peace. It is the God of peace that provides us our essential equipment. This is a good reminder that God leads in “peace” – our enemy uses disorder, confusion, and rush tactics. If you are feeling anxiety and confusion…slow your response – God is a God of peace.
Secondly, the passage reminds us of the power God exerted to raise Jesus from the dead. It is this same power that leads us into God’s purposes with great victory!
Third, we are to trust Jesus as the Great Shepherd of the sheep. As a shepherd leads the flock to green pastures, Jesus will lead us and provide for us all we need to know and do the will of God.
With these three factors, we can rejoice that we will be equipped with all we need to accomplish tasks that God assigns us. Sometimes we won’t be conscious of the equipping, but we must learn to trust in the provisions of God… they will be there when we need them!
Father, thanks for the ‘tools’ you provide – while you guide…I’ll rest in you today! In Jesus’ name, amen.