We often talk about vision from a mountaintop perspective. When we cast vision for a new year or new season of life, we ask questions like: what are our gifts and talents? What are our successes?
Often times we answer these questions by relying on our own strengths, skills, and efforts resulting in us setting goals and plans based on what we believe we can accomplish. While there’s nothing wrong with this way of vision casting and thinking, I wonder what would happen if we were able to change our perspective from seeing what we can accomplish this year to asking and seeing what God can accomplish through us this year?
I’m a hustler and a go-getter by nature, so it’s easy for me to dream big, set goals, and cast vision based off of my mountaintop experiences–past successes, talents, and desires. But because I’ve seen a lot of brokenness in my life, I’ve learned over the years that vision doesn’t just come in the moments of joy and success. Vision can come in the valley as well as on the mountaintop.
When we have an opportunity to look at vision from a different perspective, from the valley, we’re waiting for God to show up and do the impossible. He gets the glory and we will know that He is Lord of our life.
“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O Lord God, You know.’ Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
(Ezekiel 37:1-6, NKJV)
Just like Ezekiel, we’re standing in a place of new beginnings. Maybe we’ve been broken in a past season, but we’re ready to move forward with a new vision: a 20/20 vision!
1. We must have big faith.
“And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O Lord God, You know.’” (Ezekiel 37:3, NKJV)
We need to trust God’s plan!
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible but with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26, NKJV)
God doesn’t need our help.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and all things in it” (Genesis 1:1, NKJV).
He could have easily spoken to the dry bones and performed the miracle Himself, but could it be that He is looking for men and women of big faith who will believe for the impossible?
2. Active participation is the call.
“Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!”’” (Ezekiel 37:4, NKJV)
God’s command is for us to hear what the Holy Spirit is speaking and share it with others. His Word will not return void!
3. Trust the process.
“Thus says the Lord God to these bones: ‘Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 37:5-6, NKJV)
What if your word for 2020 is “surely”? Look it up: it means “with all certainty, without fail, with confidence.”
It’s in the valley that we realize just how strong we are. The Bible says that in our weakness His strength is made perfect–so realize how strong our God is!
Some of you are questioning God and asking why you are in the valley, but you need to surrender your plans for His plans. He’s going to get you ready and cover you: surely!
“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” (Ezekiel 37:10, NKJV)
Even when we feel dead spiritually, God is ready and able to breathe new life into our souls! So let’s pray for His renewal and His vision in our lives!