Lenten Reader | Day 30

You Will Live

Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I 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.’”

Ezekiel 37:11-14
When I was looking at some of the meanings of this passage, my mind kept going back to the definition of Bones: indestructible life, representing resurrection in Jewish tradition. A bone to me is just a simple part of the being – what is left when all else is gone. The bone has no chance of bringing new life; or am I wrong?

Are you currently or have you ever been at a place in your life that you felt you were without purpose? I think it is safe to say at some point in life we have all dealt with depression, helplessness, hopelessness, bitterness, or negativity is some fashion.
According to Jesus’ words, He will bring new life from the grave. He will rise up all His people and fill them with his Spirit. As followers of Jesus, we must accept this gift: He has promised that we will experience life in Him.

I always had the “boring” story of my knowing Jesus, but in a resent sermon Pastor Jon reminded me that knowing Jesus is never a boring story. I have been blessed to be on this journey of life with Jesus – one where I am always learning and hopefully growing in my faith.
So while opening up your life to the Spirit of God does not give the promise of no trials or tribulations; some of those old negativities will be present but not consuming. With Jesus We Will Live.

Prayer of Ezekiel 37

Give us, we pray, wisdom to see what your will is in all this. Give us, we pray, the knowledge that you will breathe life again into the dry bones of all we hold dear. Give us, we pray, faith, hope, and love, that we may see this time of trial through. Amen.

Traci Click