A page from the Journal: When Trust is Tough

Posted: December 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

Hebrews 13:20+ May God, who puts all things together, makes all things whole, who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus, the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant, who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd, up and alive from the dead, now put you together, provide you with everything you need to please Him, make us into what gives Him most pleasure, by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah. All glory to Jesus forever and always! Oh, yes, yes, yes.

This one is also so beautiful in the NLT:

NLT: Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with His blood— may He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.

I love that this nametag is included in the very first line:  God of Peace.  He loves peace, works toward peace, brings us the things that make for our peace. And then He’s  also called the God of resurrection.  He is constantly in the business of making all things new.

The writer of Hebrews lays this groundwork for an important reason.   He knows that we need a solid understanding of who God is and how He works because of what we’re about to read. “May He put you together – provide you with everything you need to please Him…” If we understand the way God does what He does…that His character is good and unchanging whether He’s working on a sparrow, a lily or His own dear Son – then we can maybe begin to accept that when He turns His attention to us, it will also, always be good. When He begins to prod and probe and remove and refine and craft and build and fill and change and adjust and prune and plant and trim and tune, we can assume that every move He makes will be the right one. Every touch will be restorative. Every moment beneath the pressure of His hand will be worth it.

He is producing in me, through the power of Jesus, not just a calling or a ministry or even a destiny – but every good thing that is pleasing to Him. He is making me into the right version of myself, and Romans 8:29 tells me that the right Bo looks a lot like His son.

His care is grounded in His character.  I can take that to the bank.

Amen.

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Comments
  1. Elyxis says:

    I really needed to hear that today 🙂 I love that, “Every touch is restorative”, so true… but I forget it so easily! Thanks Bo.

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