Ezekiel 37:3 “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.”
Many a sermon has been preached from this text. Many a truth has been shared. But what does it say to you and me today?
“Can these bones live?”
Ezekiel wisely defers to the sovereign power that asked the question.
“O Lord God, thou knowest.”
I thought about his humble submission to God’s leading. And I thought – what of mine?
Where is the evidence of my submission to a holy God?
Where is the path I followed of the Holy Spirit’s leading?
What was the fruit of it?
If I say I am God’s child and He lives in me, what is there in my life that others can see as proof?
Do I reflect the fruit of the Spirit in my life?
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
With what I have put into God’s hand, has He been able to give the increase?
Has my language spoken more of Him than worldly things?
Have my feet taken me places led of the Spirit or of my own design?
Have my ears feasted on gossip, criticism and ‘death talk’, or has my mind been drawn to the truth of God’s Word through preaching and teaching?
Have I listened to music that draws my heart and my spirit closer to God; or has my flesh come alive to sounds that relate more to emotion and worldly lusts?
Is my spirit wet with the dew of early morning meetings with my God or am dry, thirsty and wanting from neglect?
Our enemy comes when we are most weak; when we are most vulnerable and tempts us to continue the path away from God. He uses all sorts of things to get us there.
He may sympathize with our wounded spirit.
He may incite more anger at being offended and cause us to take up words and actions against that one through whom the offense came.
He may assault our mind with accusations that are leveled at destroying how I see myself or how I think God may feel about my sin.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
When you and I sin – and we will – we must have a battle plan against our enemy’s assault on our mind.
I must realize that the pathway to reconciliation with my God is ALWAYS open. He, like the prodigal’s father, stands looking out for our return to Him.
I must realize that I am still alive to fufill His will; His purpose for keeping me here. If my actions against Him have so hurt His ability to use me, He would take me home. So, while I still draw breath, I know that my God is not done with me yet!
We all go through seasons in our relationships… even our most important relationhip with God. I have had times where the sweet dew of Heaven stayed with me through many a trial. I have also had such dry seasons that my heart became numb to the things of God.
I have learned that when I am not affected by the Word of God, the songs of God and the fellowship of God’s people – I am the one at odds. I am the one needing forgiveness, cleansing and restoration.
David knew full well that he was away from God. His sin gnawed at his heart. He had become dry on the inside.
Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
As you go about the rest of your weekend, take with you the knowledge that our Heavenly Father so desires us to walk with us, talk with us and show us great and mighty things which don’t yet know!