Are you facing any difficult circumstances in your life right now? Perhaps there is trouble at the office? Difficulty in your marriage? The challenge of a prodigal child? Sickness and disease testing the outer edges of your health? Or maybe financial troubles? Perhaps someone you love is dealing with one of these situations? Well, regardless of the seemingly impossible circumstances we might be facing today, we must remember that with God, nothing is impossible.
The hand of the LORD was upon 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, “O 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. 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 37:1-6)
Is there anything more impossible than making dead, dry bones come back to life? I think not! Unless, of course, God is at work. Because we are all broken, living in a broken world, we find ourselves in the middle of a valley of dead, dry bones from time to time. And yet God showed Ezekiel that He alone could breathe life back into those sun-bleached bones. This passage is as inspiring as it is instructive; it should remove any obstacle to our believing that our God can overcome anything we are currently facing.
Notice the rhetorical question God asks Ezekiel: “Son of man, can these bones live?” It’s not Ezekiel who asks if there is any hope for the dry bones; it is God. The Author of life can breathe new life into any situation . . . and that means any situation you are facing today. This is the God who created everything out of nothing, simply by speaking it into existence. This is the God who raised our Lord Jesus from the dead three days after His death on the cross. He can thaw cold hearts and make dead ones beat anew. The more hopeless the situation, the more hope we are to have in it. There is absolutely nothing our God cannot do, so let us not try to figure out His process. Simply trust in His promise!
Imagine for a moment that you are Ezekiel standing in the valley of dry bones. What possible process could he have conjured up to bring life back to those bones? It was unimaginable. For man, the feat was utterly impossible. But with God, Ezekiel knew, all things are possible!
By the way, notice how the passage opens:
The hand of the Lord was upon me . . .
The bottom line is this: when the hand of the Lord is upon you, you are in the absolute best of hands! Remember, greater is the power that is in you—power to accomplish anything—than the power that comes up against you. Let that truth give you all the hope you need, even in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation, because with God, the impossible will become possible!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!