“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever amen.” – Hebrews 13:20-21
Have you ever read a scripture in the Bible and it makes you almost burst into tears? Yep; that just happened. If I may share, in this moment my heart is heavy. My prayer has been for God to give me clarity; to show me the path He wants me on because a girl is lost. I mean like Matthew 18:12 kind of lost. For those that may be unfamiliar with this scripture, this is the one when the Shepherd has to leave the 99 in search of the one. How amazing is it that God never stops searching for us? That no matter how far we run off, that He will always come looking and not stop until we are found. Have you ever lost something and years later you were still searching high and low for it? Me personally, after a few attempts, I’m done. BUT GOD!
Of all the prayers that are prayed, I’m for certain that asking for peace, peace of mind, relief from anxiety, etc. is at the top of that list. My all-time favorite scripture in fact is Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” To me, this says that no matter what I ask God for, I can trust that if it be in His will, He will bring it to pass, and that He will comfort me while doing so. The definition of Peace per Merriam-Webster is a state of tranquility or quiet. To translate, “You told me what you wanted now let me do what I do and no I don’t need any input from you on any of the details of making it happen.”
Going a bit further in the scripture, we read of God bringing the Lord Jesus up from the dead. We know that the purpose of Jesus being born was ultimately for Him to die on the cross for our transgressions, restoring us back into relationship with God. God knowingly sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins. I urge you to consider this notion: Does God use the very things that have been left for dead in our lives to ultimately restore us back to Him? What if you had to get fired from that job in order for you to be restored back to Him? What if that relationship had to end in order for you to be restored back to Him? Whatever that dead thing is to you, consider did He allow it to die in order to restore you back to Him. I can look back over my life and directly see how the most gut-wrenching occurrences that I have survived restored me back to Him. Back to my purpose.
Though God being the Great Shepard has already been referenced here, I would like to tie it back in a bit. In those lost moments, we are absent. Apart from Him, we are dead. In true Shepard form and just as a Father does for His Son, he came to us, to bring us back to where we belong, back to our family, back into relationship. He believes in covenant. He promised us that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He cannot tell a lie. If He said it in His word, then stand on its foundation with all of the faith that is within you knowing that He will not fail. If He feeds the birds, will He see you starve? Are you not more important than them?
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that He knows the plans that He has for us; plans to give us hope and a future. Romans 8:28 reveals that all things come together for the good for those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose and plan. These two scriptures illustrate for us that just as with any Father, He wants the best for us. He has planned the best for us, but it is up to us to accept it. It is our decisions that delay His plan. But faint not! He will not stop until He has completed His work in you. He will make you complete and whole. He doesn’t need or want parts of you to do His will, He wants all of you! Think of Benjamin Franklin, the credited inventor of Electricity. He used an event or occurrence that had the potential to kill him on contact to make something greater. Something that is needed and depended on in this world. Where would we be without electricity? Without electricity you would not even be reading this text. Ask yourself, “How would the world around me be impacted with my presence?” Know this, He is not going to stop working until He creates in you what He created you for. He will not stop until you are exactly what he designed.
On the sixth day, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” After man was created, He stepped back, marveled at His creation, and decided it was good. That which He had crafted and designed reflected the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. What does God see when He looks at you? Through the eyes of the world He may see a number of spots or blemishes, however in our reference scripture it states that He sees us through His son, Jesus Christ. That being said, when He sees us, He sees us with love, with compassion and with grace. He sees us restored, back to what He created us to become.
All of that brings us to this: No matter what dead thing is in our life; He will always look for us to restore us back to Him so that ultimately we will do the work that He created us to do. In the end it will be to make His name glorious in the earth. That His Will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He has an expected end for all of us if only we submit to Him.
I invite you to say this prayer with me,
“Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you for not leaving us lost in the wilderness aimlessly searching for those things that we think will make us happy or bring us comfort. Oh mighty Comforter, Oh mighty Healer, quiet our hearts. Focus our minds on the things above, not on the things of the earth. I ask that you reveal those dead areas of our lives so that they may be used to restore us back to you. Thank you for sending your Son to die for our sins. Thank you that you spare us that which we deserve and continue to love us instead. Thank you for your sufficient grace. Forgive us for wandering away. Forgive us for not honoring the very life that you have given each of us. Replace our desires for your desires, our ways for your ways. Allow us all to be pleasing in your sight. Send your Holy Spirit to revive us. Do the work in us that only you can do. May then our lives bring you glory, forever and ever, Amen”
Thank you for partaking in this journey of enlightenment with me.
May God continue to find us in the cool of the day.