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. 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. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you have got to be joking. Of course they can’t they are just bones, where is the flesh?”
Ezekiel 37:1-5 ESV — with some alterations.
That is not what Ezekiel replied, though I couls sympathise if he had done. After all whoever these bones once belonged to has done their living, and are now dead and decomposed.
If Ezekiel had answered like that he would have been giving the logical answer. Even if he had taken the miracles of Elijah and Elisha into account, there would still be cause concern. Elijah and Elisha both raised someone from the dead, but it was people of flesh and blood, the body to be raised was still there.
Instead of the logical reply Ezekiel says something different. he said:
“O Lord God, you know.”
Ezekiel trusted God in the impossible. This is not even a zombie apocalypse of modern films, there is no flesh, the decomposition is complete. Yet even at this point he believes that God is able to bring bones, very dead bones, back to life.
This could be a good mantra when faced with praying for the difficult or the unfeasible. Instead of launching into feasibiliy studies pray this prayer. “O Lord God, you know.”
Are you going through a difficult time at work? Pray the prayer “O Lord God, you know.”
Are your relationships going through a hard time? Pray the prayer “O Lord God, you know.”
I am not offering easy answers. The passage from the Book of Ezekiel is a vision not an actual event, and the outcome may be difficult. The return of the Jews from exile in Babylon was not easy — The books of Nehemiah and Ezra in the Bible show lots of problems. But they did return. The prophesy was fulfilled.
So when hope seems lost, Trust God for the impossible.