Have you faced times when you just couldn’t imagine things would work out? Those times when the situation was so dire and the odds so bad you lost all hope? Maybe you’re going through one of those times right now. And you’re scared. You want so badly to believe things will be okay…that they CAN be okay.
Have I got a story for you! You’ve just got to read this for yourself—right here in Ezekiel 37:1-14.
But if you’re in a hurry, let me give you the highlights.
The prophet Ezekiel is led by the Spirit of the Lord to the middle of a valley…and it’s filled with dry bones. That’s right—bones! Not skeletons—just scattered bones. No skin. No flesh. Bone dry bones.
God asks Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” And he answers, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
So the Lord tells Ezekiel to talk to the bones and tell them to listen to “the word of the LORD.” He tells them God is going to attach tendons and put flesh and skin on them and breathe life into them again.
As he was saying this, he heard a rattling noise and these scattered bones came together, bone to bone. He saw tendons and flesh cover the bones and skin on top of that. And then the breath of the Lord entered the bodies and those dry, dead bones came alive and stood up on their feet, full of life.
God said, “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it” (Ezekiel 37:14).
Oh yes! The Lord did it, for He is God of the impossible.
Does this story give you hope that your situation may not be as lost as you think? What could be more impossible than dry bones coming back to life?
Ezekiel’s response to God’s question speaks an important truth. Only God knows what the outcome of any situation will be. But the word “can” in the question demands the answer “YES!” For anything is possible with God!
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” — Matthew 19:26
So, when you’re discouraged with the way things are going or you’re in a situation that seems hopeless, never give up. Following these biblical steps will help you stand firm as you wait upon the Lord…
- Listen to the Word of the Lord.
- Hold on to His promises.
- Continue to pray for God’s intervention.
- Be still and know that He is God.
- Rest in His hope.
You never know what God will do. But you can be assured that He is ABLE to do ANYTHING—even the impossible.
Precious Sovereign Lord, we praise You for You are God of the impossible. Help us to believe..to never lose hope…to be still and rest in who You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Blessings! Sabra
All Scripture from The Holy Bible, New International Version, 1984. Image 1 by Sabra Penley. Image 2: bones by fredsharples via flickr (CC BY 2.0), cropped, effects and text added.