Breaking The Pattern Of Discouraging Days
21” Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).” Hebrews 13:21 Amplified Bible
The verse previous to this one makes it clear that this is speaking about what the God of peace will do for you. He is a God of peace, not of turmoil. He has plans for you and good plans that require you to have the skill set that He has patiently developed in you over a lifetime, to be used to His glory through your life.
With that in mind look again at verse 21; He is strengthening you. In other words He Himself is completing you and perfecting you. That sounds like He has a definite plan for you that He has been working towards. With your natural perspective, you may not be able to see or realize that, but He is working in you and completing you for His purposes. It is a personal thing with Him. Where you are right now in life is for His purposes, it is for perfecting you for the plan that He has ahead for you. Not your plan, but His plan from before you were born, before your Mom and Dad were born, His perfect plan and purpose for you.
The verse continues with the revelation that He is making you what you ought to be in Him. Everything you are going through is to make you ready and to “equip” with everything you need to be a part of your package so that you can carry out His will for you and for your life.
It may be difficult for you at this moment in time but it is for the purposes that will be pleasing in His sight. What could be better than to do what you are created and called to do, to do what is pleasing in His sight? You are being made ready for the responsibilities that will bring a smile of contented joy to His face, because of you.
You probably cannot see it today, and it may appear that nothing is changing or happening, but it is changing in the spiritual realm and you will see it soon in the natural. Just don’t give in and do not become discouraged, He is with you and advancing you.
J Todd Hostetler