He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezek. 37:3)
Expanded Passage: Ezekiel 37:1-3
Phrases such as “lost cause,” “hitting rock bottom,” and “all hope seems lost” are often used within the stories we tell about various difficult moments in our lives . Whether we are the central character of those stories, or they are about someone we deeply love, these descriptive phrases put a name on challenging situations that are tough to face or reflect on. Situations that, when experienced, would hardly be described as hopeful.
In the book of Ezekiel, the Lord met with the prophet and showed him situations that could very well be described by the phrases listed above. In this passage, God gave a compelling image of the spiritual state of his people as dry bones. Ezekiel was confronted with the question of whether he believed in the heart and hope of God. Thankfully, the prophet had met the author of hope.
God’s Word brings us to the same question. What do we truly believe about the heart and hope of God? Where, in the midst of a “lost cause,” does our hope lie? Where, when we are “hitting rock bottom,” do we turn for hope? Where, when “all hope seems lost,” do we seek help? We may know how to name hopelessness, but do we truly know the author of hope? His name is Emmanuel, God with us.
Ask the Lord to show you hope within the hopeless.
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®.