Living Hope

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Playing guessing games with kids is always interesting. Our son, Eli, used to play a version of “I Spy” about animals. He once famously said, “I spy something animal. It’s taller than a grown-up, flies, eats branches, and has claws.” After many guesses, we gave up and he told us it was a lion.

Obviously, there’s no way we could have gotten that from his description. He was the only one who knew the answer. (And I use the word “answer” loosely here because clearly he wasn’t describing an actual lion…)

Ezekiel faced a similar situation with God. Here’s what happened:

And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Ezekiel 37:3

Ezekiel was in the middle of a valley full of dry bones. The only logical, sensible answer was “no”. There’s no way those bones could live again. But Ezekiel knew God could defy logic and expectations. Can they live? Only You know God… Ezekiel didn’t see how it was possible, but he trusted God did. Why else would God have brought him there and asked the question?

Sometimes it’s hard to see a way out of your tough situation. There’s no logical, sensible, or possible path that leads to something good. Maybe it’s the loss of a job or a family member being diagnosed with cancer. Maybe it’s your marriage or a relationship with a friend. You look at the situation and there’s no hope for a good outcome that you can tell.

And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Ezekiel 37:3b

Sometimes the only response to a seemingly impossible question is an irrational, living hope in the one that sees beyond the hopelessness we see. When you’re in that tough situation, certain there’s no hope, stand with Ezekiel and boldly declare: “O Lord God, you know!”

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