They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, “Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.” Ezekiel 37:11-12
Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” John 5:25
Our son learned a difficult lesson one year in high school. He was late by a day in turning in required application materials, and as a result was preempted from being received into the National Honor Society. He had fulfilled all the other requirements. But when he turned in the actual final application, he was told, “too late.”
Perhaps you’ve missed a deadline as well. You didn’t get the sale. You were eliminated from a work group you wanted to join. You missed your flight. You lost your opportunity to meet an important socialite. Too late. Sorry. Better luck next time.
Some people have come to an end in the road financially. Others have had failed marriages. Some diagnoses are simply too grave. Abandon hope. Give up. It’s over.
That is not the message of God to you today. “Today, if you hear his voice,” writes the psalmist (Psalm 95). He goes on to warn God’s people not to harden their hearts, having been delivered from Egyptian slavery. For this reason, we must not only embrace the hope of God’s never-too-late deliverance promises, we must also live into that hope.
God is rich in mercy, powerful in deliverance, and patient in anticipation of our repentance and faith. He years to show us how he can and does redeem lost causes, hopeless situations, and impossible challenges. It’s never too late to call on him. It’s never too late to start over. It’s never too late to repent of your sin. It’s never too late to call on him to rescue and redeem. It’s never too late for God to bring life out of death, hope from despair.
Think of Sarah – 90 years old when Isaac – the son of God’s promise – was born. Elizabeth was well past the age of childbearing when John the Baptist was born. Harlan Sanders was 62 when he franchised KFC. Anna Mary Robertson Moses (Grandma Moses) was 78 when she took up painting.
God’s ability to bring hope to the worst possible situation was never more clearly shown than on the first Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the dead. The final enemy has been defeated. Even death is not our end. I’m looking forward to celebrating that this Easter!