Who would have guess that there is such good stuff buried in the book of Ezekiel! There is a lot of judgement and condemnation there for the people who have rejected God, BUT there is also a lot of HOPE as God lays out a plan to redeem Israel. I’m also totally blown away by the grace and mercy He shows! He does so many things to warn them and ask them to repent and turn to Him so that He can bring them back into a good relationship with Him. Man! He is long suffering and so good!
I just have a quick little thought I want to share with you on the power and grace of our Father! It’s encouraging and sometimes we can all use a little encouragement! Are you ready?
HE BREATHES LIFE INTO DRY BONES!!!
I was feeling a little overwhelmed this week. My to do list is waaaay too long. Homeschooling a teen and a preteen has been a tad, um, CHALLENGING this week. Not only that, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done AND still sleep, so I’ve been neglecting my rest. All that to say, these dry bones have been WEARY this week.
But, like always, God showed up to encourage me and lift me up with a gentle reminder that He can bring life back into dry bones. (I’m aware this is a promise to Israel, but I know that if God can do it for them, He can do it for me!)
Ezekiel 37:1-5, 7, 10 “The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.” “He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”
So this morning I am encouraged. I’m tired and I’m busy and my to do list seems never ending, but my God is a worker of miracles. I mean, HE BROUGHT DRY BONES TO LIFE and raised up a vast army!
This morning I’m praying that just like God breathed life and purpose and strength and energy and vigor into those dry bones, he will do the same with my weary dry bones. And I’m praying that if you feel like you’re a mass of dry, weary bones, He will do the same for you!
Blessings and love,