Sunday, April 28, 2019

April 28 - Ezekiel 37

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 37. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God gives Ezekiel a vision. In this vision, a valley is filled with skeletons, with "dry bones" of people who were once alive.
  • Suddenly, God brings the skeletons back to life and restores them to full-blooded human beings. The bones that were once considered dead, done, and unusable experience a second chance at life.
  • The latter half of the chapter explains the meaning of this vision: the people of Israel think they are finished, but God has plans to bring them back to life. This would eventually take many, many years to come to fruition. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If there's part of our life we feel like is hopeless, finished, or dead, God can resurrect it. 
  • When we're faced with hopelessness, we need to be reminded that we have hope because of God. Sometimes his plan requires a lot more time than we would like, but it's worth the wait.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there a friendship that ended because of bad circumstances? Does your relationship with a loved one feel like it is beyond repair? If there's part of your life that feels dead, ask God to resurrect it, and to increase your faith in him through the process. 
  • Part of bringing "dead" things back to life might mean taking a difficult step, such as having a painfully honest conversation or admitting your mistakes to someone you wronged. This isn't easy, but with God's help you can take steps away from death and toward fulfilling life.