20 Our Lord Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep. The God who gives peace brought him back from the dead. He did it because of the blood of the eternal covenant. May God 21 supply you with everything good. Then you can do what he wants. May he do in us what is pleasing to him. We can do it only with the help of Jesus Christ. Give him glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22 Brothers and sisters, I beg you to accept my word. It tells you to be faithful. I have written you only a short letter. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been set free. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you. 24 Greet all of your leaders. Greet all of God’s people. The believers from Italy send you their greetings. 25 May grace be with you all.
I’m at Band Camp this weekend. It’s a big job, I’m half way through and I’m pretty tired. Sick kids, dealing with parents, not much sleep, keeping kids safe and happy, still being kind and understanding to the needs of 8 year olds yet being firm and maintaining some disciple. I know that God wants me here but sometimes I don’t feel up to the task.
Verse 21 of his passage says “may He equip you with all you need for doing His will”. But in the middle of a stressful situation (like Band Camp) how does this work? What is the mechanism that God uses for getting me “equipped”. Do I need to do anything or will the resources just turn up?
I think the “how” is not for me to know. It’s a faith issue. I need to ask my Heavenly Father for the things I think I need to do His will and then get into the task at hand trusting that the “equipping” is on its way, regardless of whether or not I’m feeling up to the task. God is faithful and He won’t let me down.
Thank you Lord, that you are faithful, you keep your word and you have never let me down. Amen
Written by Boudy van Noppen