Today’s Bible Reading: Ezekiel 33:1-34:31; Hebrews 13:1-25; Psalm 115; Proverbs 27:21-22
Yesterday some of my insecurities and fears surfaced. I know in my head that God is greater than all of them, and yet I am so weak at times. I think that is why I am drawn to a couple of verses from my reading in Hebrews this morning. It is a simple prayer the author of Hebrews writes, a simple prayer that I am praying this morning.
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. (Hebrews 13:20-21, NLT)
This God who defeated the grave, who keeps His promises, who brings me peace; He is the one who will equip me for whatever I face today. I am right to recognize that I am inadequate to the task. He is God and I am not, of course I am no good on my own.
There was a little line in verse 9 of this chapter that seems to be on repeat in my head: “Your strength comes from God’s grace.” Ah, grace. That sweet, sweet gift that just keeps on giving me everything I need to faithfully live in this world.
I will never be able to conjure up the power to overcome my fears, and that is a really good thing; for if I could do it on my own the glory would all be mine. That is not what I want my life’s story to be. All glory to God who gives me strength for all of my days. Strength to do His will through the power of Jesus Christ who is alive and working in me. It’s a good prayer for the start of my days.
May grace, peace, and mercy from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ be upon you dear reader.