Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, that is, Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
What an incredible thing to pray, that the God of Shalom (peace) who raised Jesus from the dead as our eternal High Priest (explained earlier in Hebrews) would equip us in every good thing to DO HIS WILL, working the things in us which are pleasing to Him. How does He do this? Through Yeshua (Jesus). Through our surrender to His work in our lives, where we decide to pick up our cross and actually follow Him, not only in what we say, but infinitely more importantly in what we do and how we live our lives day in and day out. His Word, Genesis to Revelation, is filled with explanations of what are His ways, and what are the ways of the World which are contrary to Him. There is a stark, glaring difference between that which He hates and that which is pleasing to Him. It would do us so GOOD to seek out what He thinks about the decisions we make, how our relationships are going, how we interact with those who are closest to us all the way to complete strangers, and it’s all written for us in the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tell us that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” It stands to reason when Paul wrote 2 Timothy, the “scriptures” he referred to were the ones they had at the time, which commonly called the Old Testament. It’s good for us to know and obey all of God’s Words…after all, they are life and blessing (Deuteronomy 30), and after all: He is God and we are not!