Ezekiel 37:1-3 (CSB) The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. Then he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.”
Are you facing an impossible situation today? At the end of all natural possibility, you have come face to face with a valley of dry bones. Is the intense drought seeping into your bones causing you to wither a bit on the inside, too? Life is hard. Every person faces challenges, struggles and suffering on many levels. There are days when even strong believers find their cross too heavy to bear or maybe the Armor of God not sufficient against the fiery darts of the enemy that penetrate our heart. This is not a message for “perfect” Christians but for those “depraved wretches” like me. The ones who strive for faith and sometimes fall short. The Spirit of God is upon you today. His Spirit is bringing you to this place of dry bones with a message.
“Son of man, can these bones live?”
The Lord never asks a question that He doesn’t know the answer to. He is asking to see if you know the answer. If not, He is ready to impart divine wisdom and inspiration to you. Ezekiel answered honestly and transparently probably reiterating a recent conversation any of us have had in prayers of desperation. When coming to the end of self, there is hope. Hope not possible in and of ourselves because now the only option is faith in God which was our best option all along. I believe that God gives us insight that will help us in such a valley through the story of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 37:4 (CSB) He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
Are you speaking to people or the problem? It is human nature to seek the comfort and consolation of others when faced with trouble in life. After all, misery loves company right? Wrong. I would rather live a life of joy with nobody than misery surrounded by commiserates. The Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy concerning these bones and say to them… We must learn to tell our problems the enormity of our God and His Power. To tell the giants that our God is bigger and badder. To tell the enemy that our Dad is bigger than him. Complaining, grumbling and tale telling only stirs up fear, doubt and unbelief. We must go nose to nose with the conditions in our life that are contrary to God and not back down. Christ has given us His Victory – we must learn to walk and talk like champions.
I have learned to stay quiet when the Holy Spirit insists on it. There have been situations in my life that I longed to share with others for guidance and comfort. Yet the Lord wanted me to seek His Counsel and heed His Voice. So rather than reaching out to others – I pressed into the Lord in prayer. I cannot count the number of times God has intervened sometimes swiftly and other times allowing me to wait and develop patience. Each time He has breathed new life into dead, dry areas of life.
Ezekiel 37:5-6 (CSB) This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
This is what the Lord God says to these bones… do you know what the Word of God has to say about the dry bones in your life? Have you found the premise for your argument? When we pray and speak life – it must have a solid foundation. If you can find it in God’s Word, it is His Will. Find the scripture. Pray it. Repeat it. Don’t stop until the very thing it prophesies comes to be in your life. Too often – we speak empty words to impossible situations. Nothing is impossible for God. (Luke 1:37) God promises to give us what we ask when it is aligned with His Will which is revealed in His Word. God’s Way will never contradict His Word. Find your promise. Take hold of it. Speak it over your life. God will do exactly as He promised according to His Word.
Ezekiel 37:7-10 (CSB) So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. As I looked, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man. Say to it: This is what the Lord God says: Breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live!” So I prophesied as he commanded me; the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army.
Jesus Christ lives in us. Our breath is from the first breath that perpetuated all mankind when God created Adam. When the Holy Spirit is in us, our breath exhales the Glory of God or at least it should. We must learn to obey the Lord even in the midst of hardship, suffering and confusion. It is our privilege to change the atmosphere of our life. Praise. Worship. Prayer. To shout the Glory of God in the midst of natural, emotional and even spiritual pain calls the earth to stand at attention to the Presence of God. You have the power and purpose to change the environment of your life and the conditions will follow suit. Prosperity begins in our soul. Our words seed our life with faith and promise when they are spoken in alignment with God. Words are not enough. Our lives must remain in Him as He is in us to bear good fruit and live as one in love with God. We must obey the Lord even if it hurts.
What are you prophesying over your life today? Only Living Water can bring dry bones back to life. Studying this passage this morning, I identified three areas of my life that are riddled with dry bones. I encourage you to do the same and be specific. Repent for talking to everyone else but God about it and spend some time sharing your heart. Find what God’s Word says about it. Get your promise and plaster it everywhere to remind your soul of the outcome. Finally, praise and worship the God who loves you. Tell Him of His Greatness. The more your breath exalts God the smaller our problems seem in life of His Glory and Grace. It’s true. He loves you! He has good things for you! You are victorious in Jesus Christ. Now call those dry bones back to life!
John 7:37-38 (CSB) On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.”