“Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’ ””
Ezekiel 37:13-14 NIV (https://www.bible.com/111/ezk.37.13-14.niv)
God is someone who Restores the things that are seemingly dead or broken. Throughout this pandemic, we have experienced the loss of many things. Some of us have lost loved ones, some of us have lost jobs, some of us have even lost their homes.
God brings the seemingly dead or broken things back to life. In the book of Ezekiel, we read about how God tells Ezekiel to speak to dry bones that He would bring back to life. The dry bones represented the hopeless state of the nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was going through a very difficult time. They were taken into captivity and their towns and cities were destroyed. The nation and people of Israel had no reason to believe that they would ever be a thriving and prosperous nation. They were overwhelmed, in despair, and gave up all hope of restoration and recovery. They became like dry bones. Yet God did not allow the nation of Israel to remain as dry bones. God spoke to Ezekiel and asked him to speak a prophetic word (symbolically) to the dry bones. If we read further, we read that the previously dry bones started to come together. The now connected dry bones started to have muscles, tendons and flesh appear. The dry bones were transformed into breathing, living beings! This was a symbolic representation of God's intention to Restore His people.
Don’t we feel like those dry bones? After the events of the last year, we can certainly understand all that the nation of Israel was feeling. We have experienced the same feelings of being overwhelmed, being in despair and losing all hope for recovery and restoration. Everyone around the world has been extremely discouraged and depressed during this time. The good news is God is here to Help you Recover. He is here to Help you and Guide you.
We can trust and believe God to restore the things that are dead and broken in our lives. God will restore everything that is within His Will. Although we may not recover exactly what we lost, God can give us New Joy in different things. Even though we will not see our deceased loved ones come alive in this life, (for us who are believers and followers of Christ), we do have a Hope to see our loved ones in Heaven when this life is over.
By spending time in the Presence of God, we will be able to have a better understanding of what He wants to recover in our lives (and what things we may need to let go). Through prayer, trusting God and seeking His Will for our lives, we may have a new direction and new clarity on the things that He really wants us to have.
In everything, we can trust God at His Word. We can trust Him to Restore the things that are dead and broken. Some of us have felt really dry spiritually. Some of us have been really discouraged and disappointed. But God can Bring Joy into our lives. He can bring life again into our dark circumstances.
We should not give up!! We need to call on Him. We need to Seek Him and bring our burdens to Him. Keep trusting God in all things. Keep praying and persevering. Our God is restoring a new beginning and we will experience a New Joy in different ways. Dear readers, remember this, “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)
Let us pray
We thank You for everyone who is reading or listening to this blog right now. We thank You for this person's desire to be able to hear from You right now in the midst of these trying circumstances.
We pray that You would be able to recover what was lost during this pandemic for everyone in this world. We pray that You give people New Life and New Joy in You.
We pray that You would replace the depression, disappointment and discouragement with Your Peace, Your Joy, Your Love and Your Power. We pray that you would Revitalize and Re-energize every single believer. We pray that they would have a New Hope and New Joy. Help them to be able to move forward in the things that You want them to do for their lives.
We know that each one of us are still here on this earth for a reason and a purpose. We pray that we may be able to live Purposeful and Meaningful lives for Your Glory.
We pray if anyone has not accepted You as their Lord and Savior, that today will be their Day of Salvation. We pray that they may be able to give their hearts and their lives to you Lord. We surrender all our prayer requests, our burdens and concerns into Your Hands.
We ask all these things in the Name of Jesus.
If anyone has not received Jesus as their Lord and Savior and wishes to do so, please say the prayer below:
Please forgive me for my sins.
I invite You Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You.
I ask this in Jesus name.
If this is your first time saying this prayer, welcome to the family of God!
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