Now may the God of peace Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, 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”
-Hebrews 13:20 (ESV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
What a beautiful prayer is being prayed for all those that are One with Christ –
We do not have a distant, ineffective God but a God of peace, Who made peace with us through the death of the Lord Jesus and Who gives us His own perfect peace as we remain in fellowship with Him. We do not have a vague, impotent God, but one who is our good and great Shepherd, Who works on our behalf, Who guides our feet into the way of peace and Who Himself equips us for all that we need to carry out His plan and purpose in our lives. We do not have a nebulous or disinterested God, but One that enables and equips us to carry out all that is pleasing in His sight and then rewards us for doing it – to His praise and glory.
It is by His grace that we were forgiven of our sins and brought into loving fellowship with Him, and it is by His grace that we are being perfected to be conformed into the likeness of His dear Son. It is by His grace that has scheduled every day of our lives and prepared good works for us to do and it is by His grace and through His Son that this same God furnishes us with all that we need to perform our God-given tasks in the power of His Spirit to His good pleasure.
Loving Father, thank You for Christ, my great and good Shepherd Who loves and cares for me. I pray that you will continue to equip me and all Your saints with everything good that You will work our lives that which is pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen