Ezekiel 37:1-38:23 / James 2:1-26 / Psalms 117:1-2 / Proverbs 28:1
“And He said to me, “Son of man, can these dry bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones, “Surely I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you, and you shall live. Then you shall know I am the Lord.”
This has to be one of the most incredible visuals in the Bible – one that brings GREAT HOPE and says, “God, You can do anything You want!”
Ezekiel was shown a valley full of dry, dead bones with not a shred of life in them. The Lord asks him if he thinks they could come back to life and live again. Clearly by Ezekiel’s human sight that would have been completely impossible. However, when God asked him to speak to the bones, telling them to live, Ezekiel obeyed. What happened next was something ONLY OUR ALL-POWERFUL, GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, COULD DO – THE BONES CAME BACK TO LIFE!
Okay…there is MUCH to be seen here. Besides God’s limitless power and ability to do whatever He wants, this chapter tells us much about His heart and character.
There is NOTHING – NO RELATIONSHIP, NO MARRIAGE, NO FAMILY, NO FRIENDSHIP, NO LIFE THAT IS TOO DEAD AND BROKEN; BEYOND THE REACH OF GOD’S HEALING POWER AND ABILITY TO BRING IT BACK TO LIFE! IT’S COMPLETELY, 100% TRUE, and we can STAND ON IT steadfastly!
When the enemy speaks hopelessness, discouragement and death over us, WE MUST REMEMBER that OUR GOD IS THE ULTIMATE HEALER. One of God’s FAVORITE THINGS is taking broken, lifeless, dry, “dead” people (and relationships) and, as they yield themselves to Him, choose to walk surrendered and in obedience, recognizing that He is their only hope, He begins to HEAL, RESTORE, and LEAD them into REAL, EVER-GROWING, ABUNDANT LIFE!
With God, what was once dead and hopeless can be ALIVE AND FRUITFUL – our sweet Heavenly Father makes BEAUTIFUL THINGS out of the dust!!!