Friday, October 21, 2011


Rainbows in the horizon!

Verse for Today: Friday, October 21, 2011

Ezekiel 37:3 – He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, You alone know.”

Dry bones are the ultimate in hopelessness. All hope is gone from these dry bones for a long time and they are ignored, forgotten and buried under ashes and soil by people around. They do not give any hope for a revival. This was the condition of God’s people down through the centuries, but we find that they are revived at the appointed times by their creator and redeemer. For their God, no situation is hopeless and beyond revival. He has a purpose in allowing His people to be like dry bones. First, His own people who have lost all hope are brought back to believe that no situation is impossible for Him to bring them back. He puts faith in their hearts to believe against all hope that what is forgotten and rejected by the world can and will come back to be in the limelight. Secondly, it is a great testimony for the unbelieving world that God will not forget His people forever. Their situation today might be because of their sinfulness and disobedience, or because God wants them to be an object lesson for the world to learn about God’s faithfulness to His people. God’s acts of benevolence point towards His compassion to His people and the fulfillment of all His promises to them. The Jewish community and the Roman bureaucracy thought that their craftiness and strategies they could get rid of Jesus of Nazareth, but the Jesus they saw dead on the cross was back in glory within hours. Ahab and Jezebel did not expect Elijah to survive in the famine and they could not imagine that he could travel faster than them. No one in the generation of Noah believed that the ark would become a reality at a time when there was no evidence of a phenomenon called rain. No one thought Peter would escape Herod’s sword or Paul would come of out the Philippian jail. Potiphar and his wife never imagined that Joseph would become their big boss. Yes, our God is the God of the impossible and He works in mysterious ways to revive His people and their cause for their comfort and His glory.

Dear friend, are you like a dry bone living in hopelessness because humanly it is impossible for your situation to turn around to be bright and beautiful? Have you hoped for long and waited endlessly in a seemingly wasteful and vain exercise of unintelligent expectations? Has all the energy to wait any longer drained out of you? Remember, our God never forsakes His children and allows them to be plunged into disillusionment. His promises of a revival of His people will surely and certainly take place. The plight of His children and their situation will see a sea of change. He is the God of miracles who can put the dry bones of your life together and reestablish it with flesh, veins, arteries and life. He can and will modify all that needs to be reset in His own way and at His time. He will surge any sagging spirit as per His plan. He will not forget His people and His promises to them. All they should do is to put their hopes in Him and keep waiting for His time to come. His time is often the point at which all hope is gone forever. Hope in Him has significance only when all other hope is gone. When all our strategies fail and all our tactics go waste, and when we are on the verge of giving up, He comes to tell us that it is never too late for Him to act. When others give up, He starts to act. When all hope is gone, He comes back with brighter hope. All He wants is for us to hope in Him and hand our situations to Him to accomplish His purpose in our lives and situations. Even at the eleventh hour, He can work as in the case of the release of Peter from sword and prison or Joseph from the dungeon. His hands are never too short that it cannot act. Today He expects you and me not to loose our hope but keep trusting in Him to straighten out our hopeless situations according to His design and program. Let us not give up, but give in to trusting in Him.

Psalms 42:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Thought for Today
God sends rays of hope in the cloudiest of our horizons and creates colourful rainbows.

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