Today is our last entry for this blog on handling adversity. It was very clear to me that when God led me to write these entries that they were to be for a limited time. I hope each day’s excerpt has been a help and encouragement to you. As God leads you, please direct others whom you feel will benefit from these passages to visit our website.
I feel we are ending our thoughts today on such an appropriate note. It is a great reminder of our sufficiency in God from the author. No matter what we are going through or dealing with, we must always remember God’s sufficiency in our lives. The writer speaks of this in Hebrews 13:21 as a continuation of verse 20 where our God of peace will “equip you with every good thing to do His will, working in us what is pleasing before Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
The word “equip” is full of meaning. It suggests being fully outfitted for a duty or task; to make someone completely adequate or sufficient for something; to thoroughly prepare someone to meet future demands; to supply or furnish what is missing; to mend or make whole what is broken or in need of repair. In fact, this word was used in Jesus’ day to refer to the process of fishermen repairing or mending their nets in order to restore them to a proper condition.
This truth shouts to us from the pages of Hebrews. God will equip believers so that we are ready and able to fulfill our purpose! Throughout the Bible this truth in one form or another is repeated. Everything we truly need has already been or will be given to us by God. As God’s children, we will never be deficient or lacking in anything. And we must especially keep this reality at the forefront of our minds when navigating seasons of difficulty, hardship, and adversity.
I would like to conclude by sharing several verses of Scripture for you to meditate upon in the days ahead. They reference this reality of our sufficiency in God in one way or another.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23:11)
“For in Him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” (Colossians 2:9-10)
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)
“Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“I can pray this because His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
“And my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
All I can say to all of these wonderful verses is to God be the glory!
Please read Numbers 6:24-26.