(Quoted scriptures from Ezekiel 37:1-14 NLT)
I believe that we all live through things in our lives that are so difficult we look at the circumstances and call them impossible. Sometimes it is just a little, maybe even unimportant thing; others are huge and critically important to us. The more important these situations are to us, the easier it is to become disheartened, then question where our God is and why we have to go through this.
As difficult as it can be at times, we would do well to always remember that our God can make the impossible possible.
There are innumerable instances in the Bible where we can read of amazing miracles where the impossible became possible. But to me, one of the most amazing is the story in Ezekiel 37:1-14. Here at the direction of God Ezekiel stands, in a valley full of human bones. They have been there so long in the elements that they are dry and brittle. There is no way that any life can come from this – it is an impossible situation. Ah, but have you forgotten about our God of possibilities and what He is capable of doing?
God instructed Ezekiel to prophesy over those bones – “Then he said to me, ‘Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” (Verses 4-6)
While Ezekiel was still speaking there was a “rattling noise” – God’s Word was so powerful it started producing results immediately. Then there it was a valley full of perfectly formed human skeletons. As Ezekiel continued to watch, sinew and muscles formed over those bones then the skin covered them – they became completed humans – except that they were still not breathing. God then instructed Ezekiel to command the winds to come and breathe life back into the bodies. So it happened that they came to life, stood up and it was like a great army.
So how can this story relate to us today in each of our own circumstances? Well, we need to always remember that God is the source of all life – He is not the source of death. We make our own decisions every day about our lives. If for any reason we decide to live in rebellion then we begin to sever ourselves from the life-giving God. Sin is the source of death and living long enough in sin we will be cut off from our source of life, resulting in a spiritual death. If we choose for ourselves a life of sin and consequently, the resulting spiritual death, we will become like those dry, brittle bones.
Many years ago a chiropractor explained to me that all the nerves that run out of our spine to the different organs of our body need to be totally unencumbered. If they are pinched off – even just a bit – then whatever organ that nerve runs to will not function at 100%. Left alone in that condition long enough it will eventually result in some physical issue. I believe that sin in our lives is like that pinched nerve. It causes a separation, an impediment, to our spiritual life, preventing it from being all it can be. Enough of those “nerves” being impeded will eventually lead to spiritual death.
However, we can always change things in our lives. We only have to turn back to the God that breathes life into us. Stop believing that your situation is impossible – no matter what you have done or what the circumstances are. Our God of possibilities will forgive you, and breathe life back into your spirit. He can and will bring you back to life, if you will but lean on Him.
What sins are lurking in your life today? Take a good, long look at yourself and inventory those life-robbing sins. Then just pray to God to change what may seem to be the impossible to the possible and love you back to spiritual health again. Breathe in that life he offers.
Written by Karran Martin – August 6, 2019