21 Mar

self sufficiency

The Lord’s hand came upon Ezekiel and took him out by the spirit. He took him to a land of dry bones and I can imagine him wondering what that was all about.

Then God asks him, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I am impressed by his answer. He says “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

He acknowledged that God had sovereignty to do what He willed. This guy had come to know God quite well. He had been told to prophesy good and bad: doom and restoration and I guess it got to a point he just realized surrender was the best way and he needed not be too smart with his answers.

I thought of things I have prayed for before. Jobs that I felt were my right from God. I would pray and expect God to make things happen and when they did not happen, disillusionment would check in. God’s will at most times did not feature in my prayers.

Anyway-back to the point of my story- as you read this story further down, God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones; to command them to hear the word of the Lord. That He would make breathe enter into them and bring them to life. He would bring flesh upon them and cover them with skin. As Ezekiel prophesied, flesh and skin came over them but there was no breathe.  God told Ezekiel to prophesy and command breathe to come from the four winds and breathe into the slain army. The army came to life and stood on their feet. God then continues to say that the bones were the house of Israel whose hope was gone and He was saying that He would restore them. The whole story is in the Bible in the book of Ezekiel chapter 37.

What dry bones do we feel we have in life? What are those situations we go through and feel that they are hopeless and cannot be redeemed? What if we prophesied unto those situations and used the word of God to speak life into those situations? In my life I know I have had situations where I felt there was no hope. I remember especially when a family member was diagnosed with leukaemia and it felt like the end of the world. I remember times I would get out of a relationship and feel like maybe relationships were not my thing and maybe I was destined to be alone and miserable for the rest of my life. Singleness does not necessarily mean misery but that was the lie I had believed.

In 1 Samuel 30 we read of a time when David was tested in His leadership. As he and his army were away fighting, their camp was raided and their women and children taken away. The men David had led were talking of stoning him; they blamed him for what had happened. This must have been hard for David as his two wives had also been taken and now his men were turning against him. But David found strength in the Lord. He picked himself up and consulted God on how to proceed. He took his responsibility and decided not to take pity upon himself but turn to the one person who was able to help him and was able to right the situation.

I charge you today to take the authority God has given you through His Word and in the knowledge of who we are in Him. Speak into the difficult situations in your life and prophesy hope, restoration, redemption and breakthrough into your life.


Now I think that is what self sufficiency but in Christ’s sufficiency is about. And the best thing about it is that it is more sustainable than counselling sessions or girls’ talk, in the long run.


2 Responses to “WHEN LIFE HAPPENS”

  1. thekenyaninme April 4, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Oo, this has really enocuraged me! You gave us the short version in LG, love the long version. Reall blessed, thanks!

    • lilburdy April 20, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      Thank you for reading. Am glad it blessed you

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