Finally the last day in Ezekiel 37. But this is one powerful story…and is real to me. Because I am looking at the hopelessness of a project that I can’t do on my own. Ezekiel is looking at a bunch of dead bones…God tells him to prophesy over the bones…God starts knitting them together, then God breathes in to them to give them life. Super, end of story…way to go God.
Why an Army? So we can show God’s power. So we can do God’s will…so we can be invincible in Christ. The prophet Isaiah says it this way…
Isaiah 49:8-10 – 8Thus says the LORD, “In a favorable time I have answered You, And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages; 9Saying to those who are bound, ‘Go forth,’ To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’ Along the roads they will feed, And their pasture will be on all bare heights. 10“They will not hunger or thirst, Nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down; For He who has compassion on them will lead them And will guide them to springs of water.
At the appropriate time…when we cry out to God in our helplessness, and we learn to lean on Him at all times…He takes charge and guides us into the battles that He desires for us to fight. The battles that will redeem the lost, stand up for the poor, speak for those who have no voice…and proclaim the “favorable year of the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 – 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Be encouraged…God is with you! Ask for your broken life to be restored. As for God to knit you together so that you can handle the battles of life. Ask for His life to be breathed in to you….and then get into action against the dark and evil forces that try to convince people that God is: mean, judgmental, absent…not real.
Because that is a LIE!! But instead, we worship an AWESOME GOD! One is Holy, Powerful, and Righteous…and one who loves you so much that He sent His Son to pay the price for me…and for you. Now get moving, and get living…for Him!
Grace and Peace, Dan