On Thursday we welcomed Trevor Allen to Clemson where he spoke about what it looks like to be re-introduced to God. Trevor talked about how we go through seasons in our life where we feel like we are drifting away from God and have to re-introduce ourselves. When this happens, we feel awkward and ashamed, and sometimes this feeling keeps us away from pursuing the Lord. In order to get a better understanding of what it looks to like to re-introduce yourself to the Lord, Trevor dove into Ezekiel 37:1-14.
In Ezekiel, we learn that the people of Israel forgot who God was and started following other Gods. This caused them to eventually die in the valley. When Ezekiel shows up, God’s message to him is to fill these dry bones up with God. We see that God’s grace will revive our dead, dry bones. Verses 12-13 state, “Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.” Here we see God show mercy on these people who have drifted away from him and says that with God in them, they will live.
This passage is a great example of our lives, in that when we drift away from God, when we come back to him, he will show mercy on us. The reason for us drifting away from God is that we feel that we can do better on our own. This is what happened in the passage, and we will turn out like them if we have the same mindset. Therefore we need to stop asking for x,y, and z and getting mad at God when he doesn’t give us those things because what we can’t see that God can is that x,y, or z may be bad for us and could hurt us in the long run. In addition, when we feel like we are drifting away, we will ask God to show himself to us or give us a sign. While this is perfectly ok to do, we must be present and looking if we ask for this, because sometimes we ask, but then don’t like what we see and ignore the sign. With that being said, we need to be ready and open for the Lord when he presents himself and accept his message, whether it was the answer we were looking for or not.
In conclusion, we are dry bones when we try to do things on our own and without God and so we cannot survive without him.
Therefore, while we may think that it is awkward to “re-introduce” ourselves to God, he knows us personally and knows everything about us that it shouldn’t be awkward if we re-introduce ourselves for the second time or the millionth time.