Daily Devotion, 12/17/2018, “Doxology”
Jude 1:24-25 NLT To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
What a profound and powerful way to close out a letter! I usually write something like, “See you soon” or “Blessings!” but not Jude. He instead makes a powerful proclamation of praise to God that also contains a hopeful prayer for those he’s writing to. He has high hopes that his “dear friends” will heed his wise counsel and act on the word he has just given them but in the end, he entrusts them to the only One “who is able to keep them.”
I can relate to that. As I pour into my beloved sons, pastor my dear friends at CrossRoads and write these devotions, I hope and pray that something I say has a positive impact but at the end of the day, I entrust all whom I hope to help to the only One who can keep them. People need His provision and “glorious presence” vastly more than any word I might have to share. Jude addressed several significant concerns in his letter but he was not overwhelmed by the weight of them. He wrote what the Holy Spirit inspired him to write and then left the rest to God who he knew had the “glory, majesty, power and authority” to work in the lives of those he was writing to. There’s a refreshing peace that comes when you say what God gives you to say and do what God tells you to do but then take your hands off of it and trust it and them to Him. One last thought, it’s easy to become discouraged when you feel the weight of all that you and so many are going through these days. Turn your heart to praise. Our glorious God is more than enough.
You are loved!
PS There are several other doxologies in the scriptures including Romans 15:5-6, Ephesians 3:17-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 and Hebrews 13:20-21. Blessings ;)