On Building Up Crossways International
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
Again, He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the Word of the LORD: “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.’”
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.
Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may come to life.’””
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. 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 has perished. We are completely cut off.’"
Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.
Powerful, isn’t it, the Word of the LORD?
God tells us what to do. Sometimes we obey. Sometimes we protest. Sometimes, like Moses, we say, “No Lord! Not me! Send someone else.” Sometimes we run far, far away, like Jonah, before we do it. But in the end, He does what He says He is going to do.
God keeps His promises. He uses all of us—even me—to accomplish His purposes. He places us where the impossible seems to be in front of us. He puts us in the middle of a valley of dry bones. He knows what He is about to do, and He tells us what to do next. And then, He promises us that we will know that it is He, the LORD, who has spoken and done it.
He tells us the truth. Sometimes we pretend not to hear because we are afraid of what He has to say, but He always tells the truth. And in the end, He’s always right.
So, when God speaks to you, what do you do?
I was in the middle of a valley of very dry bones when God came into my life and told me to share The Divine Drama® with my children. Because of that purchase, Crossways International® (CI) sent me a letter which led me to seek and accept a call to serve as CI’s Executive Director. I had no idea yet what He had in mind. I had all kinds of excuses not to do it. I was living in Texas with my husband and child. How could I possibly help CI through this valley of dry bones?!
Yet, God says in His Word, “Then you will know, that I the LORD have done it.”
God’s Word is powerful. It reaches. It teaches. It transforms.
I believe strongly that God is working in the same way today for CI. He is at work, speaking to me, to you, to do the very thing He tells us to do.
When I first looked at the balance sheet for CI, I knew this job would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And it has been. There have been days, nights, weeks, when I would protest like Moses, saying, “No way! You’ve got the wrong person for this.”
But here’s the thing: You and I are NOT the wrong people for the job. You and I may think He’s got the wrong person when we hear His call through His Word, but He knows who He is going to use for His glory.
God does not call people who are imminently qualified to do this, that, or the other. He’s in charge, and He uses the least expected, often least equipped, least likely people to accomplish the most amazing things. Think about it. Moses was a murderer. Rahab was a prostitute. David was a shepherd. Jesus did not call very many reputable people to follow Him, now did He? (That, by the way, includes you and me.)
Watch and see, He is going to use you and me to accomplish His purposes. From the valley of the dry bones to the Promised Land, you will know that the LORD has spoken, and that He has done it. Amen.