Ezekiel 37:10 “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
Chapter 37 of Ezekiel is the famous passage about the Valley of Dry Bones. I have probably heard dozens of sermons from this passage in my lifetime, all of them good. But as I read this passage today what struck me was not the picture of the bones coming back to life. What struck me was Ezekiel’s obedience to prophesy only what the Lord told him to prophesy. He didn’t make up his own words.
How many times do we think we can do it better than God? After all, we are the ones living our lives, not Him. We pray, of course, but we pray even though we know what we are going to do before asking. We just want God to anoint our decisions. That’s not how it works. We have to go to God with an open mind and heart and allow Him to show us what we need to do.
Our children often will come to us asking permission to do something. Have they ever come to you asking although they have ALREADY done it? Little Elrod asks, “Hey Mom, Dad! Can I go over to Bubba’s house to spend the night?” Now they have already told Bubba they could go and probably have already packed a bag. So when you inform them that the family has plans for the night, they pitch a fit. They scream, “But I have already told him I could!”
You see, our God has a plan for us, one in which He knows best. But just like our children, we already have our plan made. And when God intervenes to direct us another way, we pitch a fit like a five year old. “But God, you don’t understand! I really need to do this!”
Tantrums! We still have them. Only now we do it “spiritually.”
Will you be like Ezekiel today and only say the words God gives you? Will you follow the Lord’s directions completely? Will you allow Him to use you the way He wants to use you?