August 5, 2018
Hebrews 13:20-21… Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, forever and ever. Amen.
“Equip you with everything good that you may do His will” I have read this letter hundreds of times but that phrase did not stand out to me before today. That I one reason we ought to read daily. When God speaks something to our hearts, He may teach it from multiple sources and the Bible may say it in a number of different ways. That is what happened to me with this phrase today.
We don’t have, within ourselves, what it takes to do God’s will. But God graciously gives it to us. He knows my every weakness. But, His arm is not shortened by me. He still equips me with every good thing that I need to do His will. That presents me with a dilemma. Why do I sometimes fail to do His will?
Here is the background as to why this phrase is powerful to me this morning:
Karla and I have been preparing for a gospel sing-along that we intend to lead on the 19th of this month. It has been suggested that we do a lot of hymns because people are familiar with them. So, we have been digging through old songs that we know, asking God to guide us. One, that I have always loved, is, “Just a closer walk with Thee”
The 2nd line of the chorus is, “Grant it Jesus is my plea” As I was pondering that I thought, “Is that really Jesus’ responsibility?” I have been of the opinion that my walk with Jesus is my responsibility. Then, I remembered that the writer of that hymn, Fanny Crosby, was blind. She couldn’t even see if she was walking close to Jesus. She asked Him to help her… to do it for her. I read more old songs and discovered that the prevailing theme was that God was able, we are not. That has been my ponder of late; and then I read the verse this morning and thought, “Is God trying to tell me something?” Am I putting the weight of doing good on my own shoulders? If I do anything good, it is because God equips me for it. God is mighty, and He is capable, and He gives.