Several years ago, I endeavored to see the Christmas story through the lens of God’s attributes knowing that all God ordains reveals His character to us. His plan and will always brings Him glory and us good. I invite you to join me this Advent Season to journey through the scriptures with an eye towards God’s character and see what wonders we can discover about our Almighty God. Jeremiah 33:3 will be my guiding verse this season- “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” I am asking God to reveal His character to us though the Christmas stories. May we be mightily blessed and find out many things that were previously hidden to us.
God’s attribute that gives me confidence to ask and call upon Him is His Accessibility. James 4:8 promises “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Ephesians 3:12 “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence” and Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” These are just a few verses that confirm to us that we can indeed approach God and seek Him through prayer and study. As we draw near to Him this Advent Season, He will meet us just as He has promised.
Seek Him with me knowing with confidence He will reveal Himself to us through His Word.
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have been equipped to do His work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” God has given us the whole of scripture, His divine Word, so that in it and through it we can be equipped for anything He calls us to do for Him. The author of Hebrews was also aware of this equipping that comes through Jesus. He closed his letter assuring the readers that God equips so that His will will be accomplished. Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Knowing that God equips when He calls you to do something for Him gives me great comfort. We do not need to feel we are capable in ourselves but our reliance needs to be upon Him, His Word, His powerful indwelling Holy Spirit and His great resources. God will see that His work and will is accomplished. Job 42:2 ““I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” We can rest in the promise given in Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We can be certain that God’s work will be done and nothing in heaven or earth can stop it. We can also be certain that when He calls us to do His work we can do it because He will equip, empower and provide all we need to see it through.
Suggestion: are you struggling with something you think God is calling you to do, are you doubting if you have the time, energy, knowledge, etc. to do this? Pray, look into God’s Word and ask Him if this calling is from Him. If you feel His answer is yes, then let go and let God equip and transform you so that His will is accomplished. It is a matter of trust and faith. You will be surprised by the growth and results when God is in charge of the equipping.