He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”
There are days when I’ve literally looked at my wife and said I feel like I’m a “walking dead man,” lacking the life and vitality that should exist in a person who intellectually knows he is loved and cared for unconditionally by the Lord, is Created in the image God, and is forever redeemed through Jesus his Savior. However, when one who walks a particular life’s journey where desert-like seasons are common and as in the words of the Prophet Ezekiel, one’s bones feel like “dry bones,” that desperately need life breathed back into them by the very breath of God. Ezekiel had been sent to bring a message to a people who were both dead and deaf spiritually, therefore God led him to a very desolate place for a very vivid object lesson that would ultimately empower him to press on in his work for the Lord. This lesson from scripture will also serve us well in our journey through dry seasons of trials, hardships, and difficulty. God led Ezekiel to the Valley of Dry Bones where he found very deplorable conditions in which it wouldn’t be possible for humanity to survive for any sustainable length of time. Ezekiel says of the Lord, “He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know,” demonstrating his belief in God’s infinite wisdom.
Then the Lord gives Ezekiel some amazing instructions which we must simply read in order to take in their full significance, “Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Along life’s journey as we press on, taking Small Steps of Obedience toward Christ, it is God who through His Spirit, will bring life back to our “dry bones” and breathe “new life” back into our weary souls. This takes place by drawing nearer to God through personal times of prayer, the prayer and encouragement of others over us, daily speaking God’s word over ourselves, and continually asking the Lord to fill us with the presence of His Spirit. Today, pray and ask God to “Breathe new life into you moment by moment,” even if you don’t feel like it. Remember, seeking God and desiring to draw nearer to Him is an act of obedience, inviting Him into your daily circumstances regardless of how you may “feel” at any given moment.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for being our Creator and the ultimate giver of life who provides the very breath that we breathe in each new day. When we walk though dry seasons of life, You are willing and able to breathe new life back into our weary souls as we draw nearer to You. During these dry seasons, remind us of Your truth and guide us in wisdom through Your Spirit so that we may continually set our focus on You finding hope for each new day. May we also remember that in such dry times You are forever with us and will never leave us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.