Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:5: “Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

God calls Ezekiel to do what seems impossible – prophesy to dry bones in order to bring life into them. What is impossible to Ezekiel is possible through the power of the Lord. The Lord alone has power to speak life into what is dead.

Life begins with hearing the word of the Lord (verse 4). The word is accompanied by breath; breath comes with sinews and flesh. The body is pulled together and breath is put within the being resulting in life and a knowledge of the Lord. The Lord works the impossible; he brings life to the dry bones.

Are we dry bones? Do we need to hear the word of the Lord in a new and powerful way? Do we need his breath to fill us, to speak to the deepest places that feel dead?

As we are invited into an unusual time of quarantine, we can become aware of these dry bones within us, the places we need to feel the work of the Lord, the breath of the Lord, and the healing of the Lord. Can we allow the Lord to reveal our need for him? Can we respond humbly and allow him to do the miraculous work that only he can do?

When God breathes his Spirit within us, we are brought to life in new ways and we will know that he alone is the Lord. Oh Lord, come and do a mighty work in us. We look to you; we need your breath of life; we long for your healing. We want our lives to be a testimony to your miraculous work.