Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ezekiel 37:11-14 -- On Refound Hope

"Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord."
Ezekiel 37:11-14

We already know that God is much wiser than we are and that we can't really comprehend the vastness of his plan, but things like this kind of drive the point home.  The first verse talks about hope being lost for the dead, which makes sense, right?  It's a little too late to do all the things that we wanted to do if we only start on our deathbeds.  ... And yet, God looks on the lost hope of a whole valley of dried bones and he reminds us through the prophet that hope is never, ever lost, because the Lord will raise us up and restore us to life, and to hope.

Maybe this is something we should remember in the rest of our lives too.  God sees differently that we do, and his perspective and his timing are perfect, according to his plan.  Just because we can't always see how things are working out according to *our* plan doesn't mean that hope is lost.  God has it under control, even when we do not.

Today, let's try to take a step back and regain some perspective, or share some with God. :)  Let's never give up hope in the future or think that all is lost.  God knows what he is doing, and things will work out, now or later, if we keep the faith and trust in the Lord.

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