Let our extremity be God’s opportunity

Reading for the morning prayer of 14th August 2017, from Ezekiel 37: 1-14.

Verse 11 {Then He said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off}.

Verse 13, {Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.}


Who can boast of never having found himself in situation of discouragement following different circumstances, feeling as being like dried bones and completely lost?  Severe health, economic problems or various other hardships along our daily living and even the prevailing insecurity everywhere, are challenges which may lead to feel as if there is no way out and that extremity has been reached. This is reckoned at all level, either in the secular world and even at church as we all have our limitations.  Despair may find its way in just as in the case of the Israelites in this context.  All hope is gone; we are lost. Cut off from everything.

Unfortunately this is what we feel ourselves to be while we are without God and hope, as if beyond the possibility of mercy. Even the saying :{ where there is life, there is hope}, has no meaning. Despair is a dreadful sin, as a crime against God who is: {The God of hope}. Without hope is like without God and make Him to be a lie. We start building walls and digging our own graves.

Fortunately God makes a way where there seems to be no way. When such situation prevails, He makes Himself known. He opens our graves and brings us up from them. We recall how in the desert, to the grumbling of the Israelites about food, He said to Moses: {tell them, at twilight you will eat meat and in the morning, you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God}. (Ex 16: 12) Faithful to His promise to save His people then, He quickens again today through His Holy Spirit, convicting us of our sin and brings us to know Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life. By His infinite power, He breaks the walls we have erected around ourselves and set us free in Jesus Name to proclaim His might and glory.

While facing challenges, instead of grumbling which may lead to despair, let us seek refuge in God’s word: {Him who comes to me, I will in no wise cast out}. No need to struggle on our own but believe in Jesus promise: {Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest}.


Lord Almighty may the challenges we encounter be Your opportunity to bring us to your Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Revd Jacques LEsperance