October 6, 2017

Restoring Hope: Part 5

“I will put My breath in them, bring them back to life, and let them live in their own land. Then they will know that I am the LORD. I have promised that I would do this – and I will.  I, the LORD have spoken.”  Ezekiel 37:14 (NLT)

This week, we dug deep into Ezekiel 37, the story of the Valley of Dry Bones.  We’ve mined three treasures of truth that restore hope in our lives.

  1. Stop running from my pain and turn to God
  2. Believe God can restore and rebuild my life
  3. Surrender my loss to God and let Him breathe life into my brokenness.

This third truth opens up a new normal.  As much as we all hate change, change is inevitable.  The only constant in life is God.  He says,

“I am the LORD, and I don’t change.” Malachi 3:6 (ETRV)

The Bible says that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8)

The unchanging God is there for the inevitable changes we experience.  Even through irreversible losses, God comes to breathe new life – His life – into our brokenness.  God told Ezekiel,

“I will put My breath in them….”  

When God breathed into Adam, the Bible said he became a living soul!  He came alive!  Some losses can take the breath right out of you, leaving you feeling lifeless. For God to restore hope, we must surrender our loss to God and let Him breathe life into our brokenness.  When He does, the miracle of new life emerges!  We can begin again!  I love the way Ezekiel described it in verse 7:

“So I spoke this message, just as He told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons.” 

What a scene that must have been for this prophet to see!  The rattling noise he heard all across the valley was hope rising!  Amid the floodwaters of hopelessness, God was restoring hope!  That’s what God does in our lives when we surrender our loss to Him and let Him breathe life into our brokenness.

I believe the church is God’s house of hope, bringing hope to a hopeless world.  In the recovery of Hurricane Harvey, we are hearing the rattling noise of rebuilding as God is restoring lives and homes.  If you’re looking for a church home, we invite you to check out Woodlands Church.  You can register now to attend our Membership Class next Tuesday, October 10th, at the Woodlands campus at 6:30pm.  We would love to see you there!

As we wrap up this study in Ezekiel, this is my prayer for you and for me:

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NLT)