Friday, February 4 – Hebrews 1:1-4
In biblical times, apostles could immediately heal people in the name of Jesus, but that doesn’t happen now. Why?
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom He also made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
Everyone experiences change in seasons. In some areas, the change in seasons may be indicated through a change in the weather; but in others, it may be indicated through holidays or events during that time. In every season, there are things that have purpose and value to the year. These verses remind us that when we look at Scripture, we see God at work in different ways at different times, but even through the differences, God keeps His character and purpose the same. His goal has always been to bring people to know Him and worship Him.
It often feels natural to ask “why?” We want to know how God works and the reason for His actions so they will make sense to us. We forget the reality that Paul shared in Ephesians 3:20: that God can “do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” If this is true, it’s not likely that we’ll always be able to understand why God works the way He does—why He may choose to move one way in one season and differently in another.
Thankfully, it’s not for us to try to settle why He works the way He does. Our responsibility is made clear later in Hebrews: “let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need” (4:16). We serve a fully capable, strong, active, and righteous God. We can approach Him with confidence because we know, regardless of how He chooses to work, He is the same. Whether He performs a miracle of healing on earth or miraculously calls us home to His side through Christ’s death in or place, He is always drawing us into a restored relationship with Him.
- Have you ever tried to put God in the box of your own understanding? Why does this often leave us disappointed or frustrated?
- How have you seen God work in your life differently in different seasons?
- Pray and thank God for being faithful to His character across time, showing us who He is in a variety of ways.