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Ron Writes

Only God Knows

Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones is one that has a powerful visual impact. God questions Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” I’m glad I wasn’t there. I’m rational. I have grown up in a world of reason. I want to know how or why something happens before I believe that it’s true or not. God’s question sounds too easy. Of course not. No! Are you kidding? Never! Ezekiel is a lot smarter than me (that’s not unusual, there a lot of folks smarter than me and I’m thankful for them). His response, “Lord God, you know.”

There are many things only God knows. Brother Dicus was a scientist. He taught college level science to some of the most brilliant minds. Dicus wrote “Secure is life from mortal mind, God holds the germ within His hand. Though men may search, they cannot find – for God alone does understand.” Only God brings life. How? Only God knows.

I’m old and you’d think by now I’d have it all figured out. Age has taught me that I more often need to answer “only God knows.” Just because I can’t explain it, doesn’t mean a thing. Re-read Deut. 29:29.

We are all dry bones. Paul pens phrase after phrase to emphasize just how dead we are (Eph. 2:1-5). “Dead in our trespasses and sin.” Can these bones live? God has made us alive together in Christ. Some folks are so broken and lost. Can they be saved? God only knows.

Paul lists some of the most addictive, destructive, sinful behaviors (1 Cor. 6:9- 10). And then he adds, “such were some of you.” You were washed, sanctified, justified. Can these be saved? How does this happen? I must learn to say “only God knows.” It leaves me with a sense of awe. How many have we seen who appeared to be beyond all hope? God works in the lives of people today! We must not rationalize away miracles and the power of God to work today.

How does the universe work with a sovereign God, who allows free will, yet knows the future? Only God knows. How does an all-powerful, omnipresent, eternal God become a man and die? God only knows. How can one be born of a virgin? The questions are endless. We marvel and are awestruck. There’s so much I don’t know, and can’t explain - but I believe!