We discussed how sometimes life situations could happen in the previous post, leaving you asking now what. We were encouraged to keep going because there is more to our story. What happens when the problem seems dead? What happens when it looks like there is no hope, and it feels like there is no use? What do you do when the person makes up their mind, and it seems like their minds will not change? What happens when you run out of options, and you have nowhere else to turn. What do you do when you have exhausted all possibilities, and everything you have worked for has dried up?
Take time out to read Ezekiel Chapter 37 and allow your heart to be encouraged and your faith to be strengthened. The Chapter starts by saying that the hand of the Lord was on Ezekiel. What does it mean when the hand of God is on your life? There are many Bible scriptures, in doing some research, where it speaks about God’s hand. For the sake of this topic, we will stick with this story. When the Bible talks about God’s hand being on Ezekiel, I believe that God empowered him. God empowered Ezekiel’s words because Ezekiel was obedient and spoke what God said and what his physical eyes saw. We can see that a situation is bad in the natural, but we must see what God says about the situation in the spirit because of our belief. We must see with our spiritual eyes. I also believe that Ezekiel was in a place in his life where he was completely available to God for God’s use. So because of Ezekiel’s faith in who God is, because of his availability to God (complete life submission to Him), God was able to perform the miraculous in a dead situation.
God chose you. God chose me. God has empowered us, the believers, to speak life into the dead situations that surround us. God gave us the keys; He has given us the tool to breathe life into the dead situation. He gave us His Word. Hebrews 4:12 speaks about the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. How powerful is that? So why do we feel that the Word of God can’t change our situations? People make the mistake of normalizing or downplaying the weight and power that the Word of God carries. Your mindset has to change. We have to remember whose Word we are speaking of. God is God. He is the creator of all things and the giver of all life.
We cannot take his name nor His Word lightly. Ezekiel says that he saw a great number of dry bones, and then he says that God asked him if these bones live. You may be in a situation where the problems are many, but God is asking you this question today, “Is there anything too hard for God?” What is your response? Do you think that your current situation is too hard for the God that created this universe and everything in it despite what you may be facing? Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” So if it is according to God’s power at work within us that God can do this, ask yourself the question, what is at work within me. Is the power of God at work, or is doubt and fear at work? Is it the power of God that is at work within me, or is it hatred and jealousy? Is it the power of God at work in me, or is it unforgiveness and resentment?
God goes on to give Ezekiel specific instructions on what to say. Ezekiel is obedient and says what God instructed him to say, and the miraculous happened. God has given you and me specific instructions on situations that could come up in our lives. We have to be obedient, speak the Word out loud into the atmosphere, have faith, and don’t doubt God. If you go by the instructions when you are cooking a cake, you have a good chance that the cake will come out good. When you put together a crib or a shelf, you have a good chance of things coming out right if you go by the instruction manual. If you put the Word of God on a difficult situation, things will work out for your good. So what if you speak the Word and things don’t work out the way you thought they would? Does that mean the Word of God does not work? Absolutely not. I truly believe that God works all things out for our good.
How are you looking at the outcome? Are you looking at it from the perspective of things that did not go the way you planned for them to go? We have to remember that our ways are not God’s ways. His thoughts are higher than ours. God knows our beginning, and He knows our end. He knows where He wants to take us, and He knows how to get us there. I have concluded in my life that my yes to God includes my will and my way. When I trust God to work a situation out, I don’t know how it will happen, but I believe that He has equipped me for the unknown. Likewise, I encourage you to put your complete trust in God. Allow Him to speak to your heart, and remember to speak life to your situation.