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Ezekiel 37:4 “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! “

The last time our Church Body met was in March.  And while we have a weekly online service…it’s just not the same.  This past week our Pastor sent out 5 questions for everyone to answer, and one of them really struck home for me.  The question asked in what ways had we experienced loss during the COVID 19 pandemic?  The word loss got me thinking about the stages of loss – shock/disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and finally acceptance/hope.  Now while  I haven’t lost a friend or family member to the Corona Virus, or lost my job or business in the aftermath…I’ve watch in stunned sadness as millions of people have.  So in a way, this profound loss can not help but effect me too.  And when you couple this feeling of loss with a pervasive sense of uncertainty, I’m only left with dryness…a desert within my soul.  But God’s remedy for this arid condition is simple…His Word.  For just as Ezekiel spoke to the Valley of the dry bones and they lived…so my soul can be made alive through His Word.

John 17:17 ” Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”

In this chaotic and deceptive world today, how do we know what’s true and what’s false?  With fake news and questionable anonymous sources spewing misleading information…where are we to find balance and  authenticity?  So I ask you this,  how can we not search for the truth from the Creator of all truths?  God’s words are trustworthy, (II Samuel 7:28).   The truth found in the Bible is absolute, transcendent, and divinely revealed to you…if you but open the book.  When you are armed with God’s truth,  you will not be easily swayed or deceived…for when God’s word is your bedrock,  you will be able to look past confusion and see God’s hand at work.

II Timothy 4:2 ” I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

The term season in this Scripture doesn’t refer to a period of time …it refers rather to us.  We need to be ready to share the Gospel with others whether we feel like it or not.  If we only reached out to others with the Good News of Jesus when we felt ready and confident…we’ll probably not do it very often.  And if we wait for some giant spark of inspiration or emotion to come upon us first…we’ll probably wait a long time, and meanwhile, miss many opportunities .   One of my fondest memories of leading an elderly neighbor to the Lord was also during one of the lowest points of my life.  Grief, sadness, and depression hung over me like a dark cloud when the Lord told me to go speak to this man.  “Lord,” I asked. “I can hardly function as a human being, how can I possibly go and talk to this man about Jesus?”  But I obeyed,  and this man accepted Jesus into his life…only to meet his Savior later that day in heaven.

Psalm 119:130 ” The unfolding of Your words give light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

If you’re like me, you’ve read a particular passage in the Bible numerous times, when sudden you read it again and it jumps off the page at you…for the Holy Spirit wonderfully  reveals the scripture in a completely different light and with such clarity that it’s like reading it for the very first time.  This unfolding of God’s word is like a light shining in a dark place…it is the lamp for our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105)  This unfolding of His word,  takes what was once a mystery and makes it known to us…it takes what was once hidden but now is revealed to us.

Psalm 107: 8-9 ” Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. “

We all need spiritual sustenance, because we all have a God-shaped hole inside that needs to be filled.  This inner hunger and thirst for God propels us forward in His Way and supports us in times of trials.  Life is sustained by food…but our spiritual life is nourished and maintained by the word of God.

James 1:23 ” Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

You know your face better than anyone else…every nook and cranny – every spot and wrinkle.  You’re familiar enough with your face that you can readily pick yourself out of a group picture.  We need to know the Word of God in the same manner.  We can’t causally listen to His Word allowing it to go in one ear and out the other.  His Word must go deep inside…changing us for the better – not being dismissed and forgotten.  The key is to contemplate, internalize, and apply His Word to your life…mirroring His life with yours.

Romans 1:8 ” First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”

Every time you share your faith with someone…every time you openly declare your trust and belief in Jesus Christ…God’s word reaches farther into the world.  Little did I know when I started this Daily Devotional a little over three years ago that it would now be reaching over 100 countries around the world.  As it states in Romans 10:17, “Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”  Our faith and belief in the Gospel message, when shared with others, catapults His Word to the far-flung reaches  of this world.