Have you ever felt like things were hopeless? Have you ever said to yourself there’s no possible way this can work? Have you ever felt a sense of utter defeat?
Turning to the scriptures, I read Ezekiel 37:1-14, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that God is sovereign. He holds the power of life and death in His hands. Nothing is too difficult for Him.
God gives Ezekiel a vision. He is sent down to the valley of bones. The Bible refers to them as “dry bones.” In other words, they were way past dead.
Right there and then, God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?”
His answer? “Oh Lord God, thou knowest.”
Are you ready to say the same thing? The question is, do you have more faith in your problem or in God’s ability to solve it?
The vision goes on to show Ezekiel how they came to life. They rose to their feet. They were an exceeding great army.
Listen to this:
“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 37:13-14
Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones serves to teach us an important lesson, which is that God specializes in miracles. He replaces the stench of death with life. He gives hope where all hope is lost.
He wants to breathe life into His people. And yes, that includes you.
P.S. Isn’t today’s Bible verse (below) a perfect fit for today’s devotional? It’s so empowering. I know it well, but yet it’s a good reminder today since I haven’t heard it for a while. I feel like I could keep writing all night on that verse alone, but I’ll leave it here with you to meditate on.
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“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jeremiah 32:17, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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