Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD. This is what the Almighty LORD says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put ligaments on you, place muscles on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you, and you will live. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'” Ezekiel 37
Like dry bones coming again to flesh, there are no situations too impossible for the Lord. I think of a friend who is wrestling with repentance. To her it seems like a huge obstacle, but nothing is impossible for the Lord. I think of disciples who are trying to be faithful while living a long distance away from those who could encourage them. There seems to be no good answer for them, but nothing is impossible for the Lord. I think of people who have so much to overcome to come to faith. It is not hopeless for them.
God will always provide a way.
- God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it. II Cor 10:13
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Matt 6:13
- the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials. II Peter 2:9
- He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ps 23
And then God works in the impossible situation of forgiving our sins.
I am reading an excellent book right now called “Iscariot,” written as if Judas were telling his own story. On one of his first encounters with Jesus he sees Jesus heal a leper. The way Judas describes the leper — deteriorating, foul, unclean, despondent — reminds me of the way we are in the depths of our sin. How could there possibly be any hope for us? We feel unwanted and unworthy.
But Jesus healed the leper, and most miraculous of all, he can heal our souls; he can cleanse us of those hidden putrid cancers that no amount of our own efforts can ever fix.
You know, at our Wednesday midweek we talked about how for hundreds of years the Jews anticipated the time when they would be saved. They thought they would be saved from their oppressors, the Romans. How could they know that the greatest thing they needed was to be saved from themselves; saved from the bitterness, the anger, the hatred, the idolatry of self, the corrosive lust, the gnawing guilt, the inner pain?
Jesus is the living water, the source of internal cleansing, the source of LIFE for our dry bones.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38
In “Iscariot,” the author, Tosca Lee, describes the first time Judas, wrestling with his inner demons, found himself alone with Jesus. Judas asks Jesus about healing. “‘Teacher, the leper. How? How did you know you could heal him?’” Jesus focuses his attention on the healing of Judas. “‘The thing you seek is not along this shore, or in the hills. But with me. Follow me.‘” Judas responds in his internal dialogue, “Yes. I said it in my heart…in that moment I felt I had found a thing, a person, worth the resurrection of my every hope.”
Every day, Jesus is the resurrection of my every hope. No situation is too impossible. No state of a soul is beyond redemption. Yes, I will follow him. HE is the thing I seek above all else.
As the sun rises on the horizon, I think about how it is God who will put the flesh on the dry bones of the day. Through Him people will find faith. Through Him we will meet those who are searching. Through Him we will find answered prayer, joy, love — all the things that give us abundant LIFE.
“My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; ..…I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’ ” Ezek 37:12