by John Michalak
“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forever more. My tent also will be with them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
The best stories are often birthed when a writer asks the question, “What if?”
What if a rich, southern, plantation girl named Scarlett O’Hara lost her way of life in the American Civil War? What if a hobbit named Frodo was given the One Ring and sent on a quest to save Middle Earth? When writers ask, “what if?” a great story is often at hand.
The Bible is the greatest story ever told. But, unlike the fiction of human writers, God, through men like Ezekiel, wrote prophetic stories that would one day come true.
In Ezekiel’s day, God’s people were exiled, separated from God’s presence. But, Ezekiel essentially asks this question: What if one day God’s people would know peace, return home, multiply, and live in God’s presence forever?
When you feel separated from God, remember: Ezekiel’s story is also your story. What if, despite your troubles, God is writing for you a future of peace and the blessings of His presence?
How would you live if you knew this was the end of your story?
Prayer: Lord, help us see your creativity to write our story in a new and powerful way.