hope and a futureThe prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah were directed to the Israelites.  But the message of these Prophets is the same today for you and me as well as any believer who has become dried up, feeling cut off and with little hope.  There can be any number of reasons why believers become dry and stagnant.  We go through dry periods in our lives but God does not intend for us to remain in that condition.

We are responsible in large part for our walk with the Lord becoming dormant.  One major cause for the clog in our spiritual arteries is unconfessed sin.  We all commit sins daily.  The minute the Holy Spirit brings those sins to our conscience we should stop and immediately agree with the Spirit that we have indeed sinned.  The importance of this is to stay in tune or in harmony with the Lord’s will.  Keep those spiritual arteries clear.

Another infraction is having an unforgiving sprit.  If left unattended, it will eat away at you like a cancer.  The list goes on: spotty worship attendance, lack of fellowship with like-minded believers, etc. To add to this, our spirit gets burdened with illnesses, sorrows, misplaced priorities, and sundry other things.  But, our faith can become strengthened through adversity.

I don’t subscribe as others that material blessings are a guarantee with an absence of suffering.  I believe God is in the business of healing the body and mind, but there are those times when the Great Physician proves to us that no matter what life holds, His grace is sufficient and we can count it all joy with the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Jesus said, “I came that you may have life more abundantly.”  Ezekiel saw our Sovereign God place bone to bone together with muscle and skin, and then breathe into the hopeless dried bones the breath of life.  These bones then stood up and once again became the great army of God!

All along Jeremiah was right.  God had plans….”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Everyday we get up and make our plans for the day.  I don’t know about you brothers and sisters, but I find great comfort and delight in knowing that our Sovereign God has the final word.

Danny Byrum