The Presence Promise: The Great Shepherd – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1-7
Key Verse: 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, 21 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.
For the last two days, our devotionals have studied the promised presence of our great Shepherd. Today we will study the work that this Shepherd accomplishes in us. His presence is not a dominant factor; He is very active in us producing work that we could never accomplish on our own.
In verse 21 the Hebrew writer starts with the word equip. God wants to equip us with everything good. What a wonderful promise: Our God wants to purge the bad and equip us with good. As our Shepherd, He knows us intimately. He understands our weakness. Earlier, in Hebrews, we are reminded of the heart of our Shepherd: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
His equipping has a goal: So we can do His will. We often seek God’s will for different issues of our lives. The truth is God is constantly equipping us with everything good so we can do His will. He wants us to please Him far more than we want to. We never have to worry about missing God’s will, as long as we are allowing His good work to fully continue in us. That happens as we walk in all our light, devoting ourselves to be obedient to all He reveals to us. This cooperation automatically results in doing His will!
Father, as you equip me, I will be carefully obeying all I know is your will. I will trust you for daily wisdom in all I face. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.