Scripture Focus: Ezekiel 37:1-3 ESV
1 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;[a] it was full of bones. 2 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. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”
The Spirit of the Lord moved upon Ezekiel because he had something for him to see (vision), hear (instruction) & speak (prophetic word). When God asked Ezekiel, “can these bones live?”, He was not seeking information. He simply wanted to change Ezekiel‘s perspective. It was an absolutely unreasonable request. Ezekiel never would have considered the possibility that the bones could live again until God asked the question. He was contemplating the enormous task of a mass memorial service while God saw the potential of an exceeding great army.
We do not see things as they are, we see things through what or through who we are. An observer, standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and expressing indifference, says nothing about the Grand Canyon, but instead pronounces profound judgment on the observer. The grandeur of God’s creation is not diminished. The character of the individual is simply expressed. Our vision is exercised through a lens of expectation and perspective. You see what you are looking for! Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Some are oblivious to the working of God all around them. But the pure in heart, those with sensitivity, recognition and appreciation for the work of the Spirit, they see God. We all look with the same optic abilities, but we do not all see the same way. We see problems, but God sees possibilities. We see opposition, but God sees opportunity. We see a mess, but God sees a miracle. When you look what do you see?
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold” (Job 23:8-10 ESV).
He knows what I don’t know. He sees what I cannot see. He comprehends perfectly what I cannot begin to wrap my mind around. When I don’t see Him, He sees me. When I don’t comprehend anything, He knows everything.
Maybe you aren’t seeing what you want to see. Maybe the way forward is not clear. Nevertheless, take comfort in this fact that God sees you when all you can see are challenges and obstacles in your way. I challenge you to seek God for His vision for your life. He has something He wants you to see, instruction He wants you to hear and a prophetic word that He wants you to speak!
Speaker Bio: Michael Ensey
Tell us about yourself: I am a Christian, the husband of Rebecca, the father of Lincoln, Grant and Avery, and the pastor of Christian Life Center in Heath, OH. I was born and raised in Texas, and served 20 years in youth ministry, including eight years as a UPCI Youth Ministries executive.
What do you love (music, food, etc)?I love a good steak. Medium rare. No other way to do it.
What do you do for fun? My recreational activities include running and playing golf, basketball and racquetball.
Where do you live? I live in Heath, OH.
Where can students follow you on social media? You can find me on FB, TW and IG at @michaelensey.