July 28

July 28
By Pastor Judy

Ezekiel 37:1-6
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. 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. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 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.’”

There are days when life just seems dry.  Not only routine and lacking in newness, but also well-dry.  I look at what’s on my plate and ask, “Lord, what have I got to say? Nothing is coming to mind.”  But it is often when the well has gone dry and the mind draws a blank and there is “nothing new under the sun,” (as the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote), that God’s Word has its say.

Hear the Word of the Lord! says the prophet. I will make breath to enter you, and you will come to life. The inspiration, the newness, the hope, the life comes from God.  Not from inside of me.  Not from the news or what it happening in the world around me.  But from God himself.

Paul put it somewhat differently, when he was tormented by a “thorn in the flesh.”  He said,

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God’s power is made perfect in weakness, such that when I am weak, then he is strong. 

So today, I am seeking God’s power, not mine.  I am seeking God’s breath – his inspiration – not mine.  I am seeking life and hope from God, who is the source of both.

Let’s pray for one another today, for life, and breath and hope.  Hear the Word of the Lord!

Amen.


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