Just When You Thought All Hope Was Lost… (Ezekiel 36-37)

This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life.  Then you will know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 36:5-6)

There are moments in time when life feels hopeless, aren’t there?  The job you’ve been searching for simply evades you.  The relationship you thought was solid ends up disintegrating.  The guilt you thought you had escaped attacks you.  There is no peace.  Where has it all gone?  You feel hopeless.

Israel felt hopeless at the time of Ezekiel’s writing.  As a nation, she had been abandoned by the God who had fought so hard for her, and she was suffering in exile – away from the “Promised Land” and away from God’s presence.  It seemed as though all hope was lost.  But then Ezekiel prophesied.

From the valley of dry bones would come life.  God had not abandoned Israel after all – He was waiting for the proper time to renew His relationship with them.  God hasn’t abandoned you, either, if you’ve submitted yourself to Him.  He just may be using the current circumstance to mold and shape you into the person He desires for you to be.  Don’t be discouraged in the moment –  simply trust that God is doing His refining work in your life.  Ask Him to help you to learn from the experiences, and He will guide you through them.

Lord, keep me from being discouraged when it feels like life is hopeless and I have no good options in front of me.  Let me trust that You’re in control – even in those moments – and that You care deeply about me and the journey You’re taking me on.  Let me be teachable, and help me to grow in Your likeness.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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