See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me?
Have you ever seen a person when they have died?
At times like that it is impossible not to think about our physical bodies in a new way.
The only difference between a dead person and me is life. They have all the parts – muscles, tissues, bones – but the spirit has gone.
God is the one who breathes life into us and without his Spirit in us, we are dead inside.
The prophet Ezekiel had an unforgettable encounter with a set of bones. The Lord led him to a valley that was covered with them and asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3) Notice that the Lord doesn’t say, “Are these bones alive?” It is quite obvious that they are not. They are dead. All dried up. Useless.
Ezekiel isn’t too sure where the Lord is going with his line of questioning so he plays it safe and says, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Ezekiel doesn’t answer the Lord’s question with a bold and confident yes because he can’t see beyond the natural process of death so clearly evident right before him. His perspective is limited, however the Lord doesn’t criticize his lack of faith. Instead in His love and mercy, He gives Ezekiel a vision of what can happen when God enters a seemingly hopeless situation.
The Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones, to command them to come to life. As Ezekiel speaks he hears a rattling sound. The bones are moving. They come together one by one. Flesh and tendons appear, skin covers them. However, the bodies are still dead.
Again, the Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy and to call forth the bread of life. When Ezekiel commands the breath to enter into the bodies, a vast army stands before him – hundreds of living, breathing human beings. Now Ezekiel can answer Gods question with complete confidence, “yes, these bones can live.”
Like Ezekiel you may find yourself standing in the middle of a valley of dry bones. You can’t see beyond what’s right in front of you. God wants to change your viewpoint.
Whatever you are facing may seem hopeless but it’s not.
Whether it’s a lifeless marriage, a dead-end job, or an uncertain future, the Lord wants to speak life into your situation. Put your trust in his Word and watch the God of the universe do amazing things.
God, I put my trust in you today. Even when situations in my life seem hopeless, I know that nothing is too difficult for you.
Father we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of your holy spirit.