God communicates great truths of comfort through this vision that he gave to the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel sees a valley of very dry bones. God commands him to prophesy (speak God’s Word) to the bones and they came to life. God explains that his people think they have no hope, but the Lord will bring them back from the grave and give them hope and a future in their own land.
The basic truth God communicates? The Lord can bring life from death and give a future to people without hope. The Lord gave his Old Testament people a future and hope. They were hostages in a foreign country. His people had no armies or allies to rescue them. They had no hope. Yet, the Lord rescued them against all odds and brought them back to their motherland.
The Lord still gives his people a future and hope. Some days, though, we feel hopeless. Troubles tear apart our relationships. The doctor tells us the tumor is aggressive cancer. The car breaks down and we have no money to fix it. A flood (or drought) has wiped out all our crops. We have no true friends, no one really likes us. We have no hope.
The Lord can bring life from death and give a future to people without hope. God deals with the foundation of our hopelessness. We have violated God’s holy laws with our thoughts and our words. Our sins separated us from God, the only source of true love and real hope. Our sins left our soul as dead as dried bones.
The Lord sent his Son to create life in the midst of death. Jesus suffered total separation from God because of our sins. God took out all of his holy anger on Jesus. There is no sin left for God to hold against us. God promises us his love and forgiveness. He promises he holds nothing against us. He promises to be our friend and our Father.
These promises bring life to our spiritually dead soul. They fill us with God’s love and God’s hope that we will live forever in heaven. We have a Friend in heaven. We have a future in heaven. We have a Father who will take care of us here and now by giving us strength and the blessings we need.
Ezekiel’s vision communicates the Lord’s promise to give us life and the sure hope of future glory in heaven – no matter how hopeless our life seems now.
Prayer: Lord, when I feel life is hopeless, remind me of your love and your forgiveness. Remind me of the promises you made to give me eternal life for the sake of Jesus. Amen.