Sunday, April 2

Ezekiel 37:1-6 (ESV)

1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.  2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry.  3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”  And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”  4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones:  Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.  6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Human existence today is particularly deceitful.  So many live in seeming abundance, surrounded by all sorts of interesting ways to spend their time.  The greater their means, the greater their range of amusements.  The world seems bursting with endless novelties and enticements, and our frustration springs largely from too little time or energy to exploit their invitations.

It is so easy to overlook that we are dying of thirst.

Perhaps you disagree, water bottle set within easy reach.  I’m not suggesting that your body suffers from dehydration; rather, I ask you to examine your soul.  And the test is easy:  are you filled with joy as you tweet or post, watch or listen, read or write, eat or drink, come and go?  A fully hydrated soul draws a rich joy from mere existence.  Is living like that for you?

If not, or if rarely, let me suggest the source for human joy:  God’s word.  Take it up, and read it; or even better—listen to it!  Hear what God has to say to you.  That’s right, just you, in particular, through his word, in the Bible.  During this Lent of repentance, this time of turning away, turn to God’s word!  Whatever it is that God has to say to you will bring you one step closer to the true joy meant for human existence—if you listen to what he says, that is.

Don’t fret if you’re not accustomed to hearing God speak.  He’ll do it in a way that won’t frighten you, in a way that you can easily understand.  Still, you will know that he is speaking to you, and to you alone.

Lord God, your word gives life!  Put flesh on the dry bones of our souls, scattered as they are over our valleys of empty living.  Amen.

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