There is always hope. No matter how dark or dim it may seem. There is always hope. As long as we are breathing, as long as God is God, as long as His spirit remains at work in the world, there is hope.
Ezekiel, some folks will tell you, is the most amazing book in all the Bible. For the people of Israel, God’s voice was always tied to the land. God spoke to them through the Law. Through the prophets. Through the worship at the Temple.
The Land was how they knew that God was God. That God was on the throne. That He would keep His covenant. That all would be ok.
Then, they lost the land. They lost the covenant. Things got bad. They wound up in exile in Babylon. And they knew that there was no way that God would still speak to them. Because He only spoke through and in the land.
Until the spirit came upon Ezekiel. Until God moved in him and spoke through him. Until God said these words in Ezekiel 37: 11-14:
Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”
God says, there is still a hope. Even though you are in exile, there is a hope.
Even though you may feel lost, there is a still a hope.
Even though you don’t know how things will turn out, there is still a hope.
There is always a hope. Because God is always God.
So, today, don’t lose hope, no matter where you are, no matter what’s going on, no matter how you my feel, no matter how bad it may seem.
Because if God can bring life to dead bones in Babylon and speak to the people while in a foreign land, He is not done with you yet.
There is always hope. Never give up.
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