Uncertainty

In this time of uncertainty and world-wide fear and apprehension, I thought I would share a few scriptures from other uncertain times. Ezekiel faced a strange and troubling vision in the valley of the dry bones:

37 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

Although this prophecy was specifically referring to the return of Israel to the promised land, I think it also speaks to us today about the power of the Lord. Perhaps like Ezekiel, we look at a scene of complete devastation and death and wonder, “Can these bones live?” Rest assured that God is in control, and just as he brought dry bones to life in a mighty army, he can overcome the grim reality we face today. As David sang in Psalm 121, we should lift our eyes to the Lord, from whom our help comes. He does not sleep and he watches over us day and night.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

In Him,
Hal