You Alone Know
Ezekiel 37:1-3 NIV
1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.
2 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.
3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, You alone know.”
Finding ourselves in a valley is already not a very welcoming situation. And now, when we look around, all we see are bones that are very dry. This is the place that the Spirit of God brings Ezekiel to in a vision. It is an environment where helplessness and hopelessness are just ringing all around. Everywhere your eyes turn, you see death, lifelessness, dryness and barrenness.
There are times in our life when we feel like that. Our relationship with loved ones is strained; our career is not taking off the way we hope; our serving and ministry are not producing fruits the way we believe God wants; our relationship with God is turning cold and distant. We attempt to look around for solace and help. But all we see are the futile circumstances that only add to our despair. We cannot revive the circumstances and neither do we see a way out of this valley of very dry bones.
But praise God, we are not alone in the valley. Praise God we are not abandoned to grapple with the dry bones on our own.
In the seemingly hopeless and bleak situation you are in right now, God is with you and speaking with you. God is asking you, “My child, can the situation be turned around?”
What will your response be? Do not be too quick to talk about all the impossibilities because of what you see before your physical eyes, and pronounce that the failing health, broken relationship, stagnant career or non-growing ministry can never enjoy a new lease of life and health.
Can your situation be turned around?
Turn your situation over to God and proclaim what Ezekiel says to God in Ezekiel 37:3, “O Sovereign Lord, You alone know the answer to that.”
We really ought to learn to believe and acknowledge the supremacy and sovereignty of our Lord and Master. Based on our human sight and rationalizing, the difficulty we are in appears to be beyond salvation. And it truly is – when we rely on our strength and ability. However, our hope and future are in the Hands of our Lord. Instead of pronouncing a ‘death sentence’ to our situation because we do not know how to resolve it, cry out and declare that God alone knows the answer to whether the revival we hope for is possible.
Praise God that He is the God of resurrection. And for all followers of Christ, the same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives inside of us. When we cease to operate from the place of doubt, disbelief and despair, and begin to surrender ourselves and our situation unto God, the Holy Spirit begins to speak to us and empower us. As long as we obey every instruction revealed to us by the Spirit, God is going to lead us to emerge victorious in the valley where we see the dry bones burst into life.
Isaiah 64:4 NIV
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
How great and wonderful is our God! When we wait for Him, trust and hope in Him, acknowledge His sovereignty in all things, He acts on behalf of us! He fights our battle for us and gives us victory in ways that are beyond anyone’s understanding and imagination. God works for us in ways that only He alone is able to accomplish.
The moment we confess to God that Jesus alone is the Provider of the solutions and answers we need in our life, we are acknowledging and expressing our need for Him and our trust in Him. And this marks the beginning of us opening ourselves up to hear Him, and to receive His revelation, wisdom, strength and resources.
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that even when I do not see a way out, You are firmly holding on to my hands to comfort me and lead me. Father, today I come before You in humility and surrender, acknowledging that You are my Sovereign Lord. You alone hold my future and my life. Help me, Lord, to see beyond what my physical eyes see and look to You and wait for You so that I may be able to see with my spiritual eyes of faith that there is indeed abundant life awaiting to burst forth from the ruins and brokenness around me. Use me also, Father, to help other people in helplessness to find hope and strength in You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”