Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. (Ezek. 37:13)
Expanded Passage: Ezekiel 37:11-14
Have you ever sat with a friend or loved one and you could hear the hurt in their voice? As we listen to the stories of those around us, or as we reflect on our own, we may hear many expressions of hopelessness. Our conversations can quickly fill up with declarations of failures and mistakes. In these conversations, we are challenged to remember that apart from our hope in God, we are left at the mercy of our circumstances, which can cause us to feel exhausted and desperate for hope.
As Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy, he was called to declare the hope of the Lord to those who believed all hope was gone. The Lord asked him to share about what he, as God, was going to do in their lives. It was here that Ezekiel declared the unwavering hope of God that always remains available in the midst of ever-changing daily circumstances.
How wonderful that the God who transformed people’s lives then is the same God we can trust today. How wonderful that the God who brought hope then is the same God of hope now. How wonderful it is that among the stories of failure, mistakes, and tough news, we have the opportunity to declare his unwavering hope. How wonderful it is that we get to declare his hope to the hurting.
Father, empower us to declare your hope daily.
Laura Walls is a wife, a new mom, and an assistant pastor at Waterline Church. She enjoys laughing with friends, sitting around a campfire, and shopping at the local craft store.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.