Ezekiel 37:11-12: “Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold they say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.” Therefore, prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.’”
Our media resembles this passage right now. People are dying; the virus is spreading; the economy is collapsing; there is no sense of when our quarantine will end. Where is our hope?
We hope in the brilliance of our medical doctors and scientists. God has given them incredible minds to understand the human body. We hope that our politicians will finally unite and work for the good of our country and the good of our economy; we hope in the goodness of people to stop hoarding all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
These are all good things. Yet, our true hope must be in the sovereign Lord. He is the only one who can do the miraculous, who can bring to life what was dead. Many people in this world have been dried up; they have not known the Lord and understood his ways. Can we join together in prayer and ask the Lord to bind up this virus, to heal our land, and more importantly to open our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to him?
When people awaken to the Lord, the power of darkness and death is broken and the way to the promised land is made clear. While we cannot control or even predict what will happen with COVID-19, we can trust in the power and presence of our God.
Father, our hope is in you alone. Restore our hope; bring life out of these challenging times; draw us back to you; and lead us into your promised land.