“I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live,” Ezekiel 37:14.
Ezekiel proclaimed God’s word to a valley of dry bones. He spoke of a lively hope for their future despite their circumstances. Ezekiel’s hope was rooted in God.
There is a difference between hope and false hope. We find true hope in God’s calling and plan for our life; false hope is when we pursue our dreams instead of God’s. Think about times when we sought hope that we knew was not part of God’s plan for our life.
For instance, our church hosted a movie production team this past week. Apple T.V. rented out our parking lot and fellowship hall. On Monday, the A-list cast members gathered in our fellowship hall to review their lines.
I spoke with the onsite manager. I said to him, “I’m the pastor here. But I need a backup plan in case preaching doesn’t work out. Do you think they would notice if I sat down with the actors and started reading lines with them like I was supposed to be there?”
He said, “They are missing one actor today. So there’s an empty seat. Why don’t you peek in?”
I walked to the fellowship hall entrance and could hear the fifteen or so actors volleying back and forth with their lines. I edged my way into the room. Suddenly everyone stopped and stared at me with serious looks on their faces. One of their security people hustled to me and asked,
“Can I help you?”
I paused, and the hush in the room became deafening. I said the only thing a minister knows to say in moments of crisis, and I said, “Let us pray.”
The gig was up. God reminded me my calling is to minister. I had no hope as an A-list actor. There is a difference between hope and false hope.
We are a people of lively hope. Have we searched for hope on our terms? God’s hope is here. God will put a new spirit within us, and we shall live.