Ezekiel: A Message of Hope
Choose Life! - Ezekiel 37:1-14
I will put my spirit in you and you will live. (v. 14)
One of the wonders of Western Europe is the large number of magnificent cathedrals gracing many cities. Notre Dame Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are renowned, but I am often surprised when rounding a corner in a new city to discover yet another breathtaking monument to the glory of God tucked in some unassuming back street. It begs the question - how has the faith that so inspired its followers, for the most part disappeared? The cathedrals are basically empty except for tourists. Many churches have been turned into night clubs or hotels. Has God abandoned Europe? Have they had their chance, and now he's moved on to more receptive people?
The Lord looked out over a valley filled with dry bones, and questioned Ezekiel: "Can these bones live?" In the face of Ezekiel's uncertainty, God gives a resounding "Yes!" He breathes life into the most hopeless of situations.
Recently my teammate Jesse discovered that he had ALS. As his body succumbed to the disease, Jesse challenged: "Don't let what is happening to me shake your faith in God." Jesse earnestly shared Jesus with all who visited. People who brushed him off before began to take him seriously. More than thirty people have become followers of Jesus through his witness. Even out of death, God has brought life. Whether it's your nation, your church or your child, God is still in the business of resurrection!
Prayer: You said Lord Jesus that you are the resurrection and the life. Through your resurrection power Lord, bring life to every death we are experiencing. Restore faith where it has been abandoned and hope where it has been lost. Help us see our lives and our world as you see them.