Such powerful words from Ezekiel 17, no? (be sure to review the full chapter for the context). However, in one sense, are not the words as appropriate today as they were back then?
Let’s make it plain: God is sovereign. He owns it all. There is no one greater than Him. He is the Lord. He brings low whom He wishes; He elevates whomever He desires, and — come to think of it — what is a “high tree” before the God of the universe? Truly, we are all low, dry trees before He who spoke creation into existence.
Also, whatever the Lord decrees happens. This is true 100% of the time; there has never been a time on either side of eternity when the spoken will of the Lord has ever failed. EVER. It doesn’t mean that we always cooperate with God’s will (much to our own detriment), but His wisdom always prevails in the end.
This brings me hope, because we can trust that this terrible plague that we are enduring — a “bitter season,” as John Piper puts it — will one day end. It will not go on forever. One day (and I do not know when that will be, but Lord willing, it will be soon), the “dry tree” will not only start growing again, but it will thrive. How do I know this? Well, the verse says so: “I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will perform it.”
And may we all remember, when our dry tree season ends, to always reverence the One who allowed this calamity to happen, and call to mind that He alone is powerful enough to deliver us from it. 💡