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Can These Bones Live?

The last couple of years I have felt a sense of lostness. I have tried different things to fill the void, but nothing quite fits the bill. As a whole I was surviving each day going on to the next. As a mom/wife you have many roles to juggle and then the obligations of working full time. I am sure many of you have the same commitments. These can leave you worn out, drained, and wanting in many areas of your life. It is like the need to refill your cup for girl time, for worship, time alone with a spouse, etc… all catches up with us at the same time. We are left waiting out in the desert without a drop of rain in our cup, surprised by the emptiness that is left when we have nothing else to give and nothing else is being replaced to fill the void.

I feel like I am in the desert with Ezekiel looking at the dry bones and praying to God to breath life back into me, to remake me, to revitalize me again.

Ezekiel Ch 37 v1-14

Ezekiel has a vision and the Lord took him to a valley and it was full of bones that had not been buried appropriately. The Lord asked him “Son of Man, can these bones live?” and he said “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”v3  The Lord then asked Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones and to make breath come into them and to make the bones be covered in tendons and skin. When he prophesied there was a rattling sound and the bones came together and breath entered the bodies and they stood up. “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.” v11 (NIV) “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'” v14 (NIV)

  1. This is first a prophecy about the return of Israel to the Promised Land and Christ reigning in His earthly Kingdom.
  2. How can this apply to us as we wait for the prophecy to be fulfilled?
  •  Preach/prophesy to the bones.
    • Even the dead, dry bones move when they are called to and hear the Word of the Lord
    • Being in the word daily/reading/going to church is all nourishing to the soul

“For the Word of the God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

  • The power of prayer in this vision of Ezekiel’s is essential. There is a need for both the prophecy and prayer to make the bones come to life. “We must be earnest with God in prayer for the working of the Spirit. The dead bones were made to live in answer to prayer for a spirit of life entered into them.” Matthew Henry
    • v.10 He is not a God of the dead. He was the first to breath life into creation and he will at the end in the resurrection – Matthew Henry
    • The power of prayer is unparalleled. There are 650 prayers mentioned in the bible, and approximately 450 answered prayers recorded in the bible.
  • If we do as we are told by God we do not need to worry about it.
    • God has put His Spirit in us to do His work and to be glorified in the process. How many times have we gone through a situation only to have God glorified in the end? No matter the outcome we can come out on the other side with our focus changed and our praise on Him. Even “the stones will cry out” if we do not Luke 19:40
    • For more scripture references about worry click here.

With God nothing is impossible, if He can breath life into dry bones He can pull your life back together out of the depths. God can certainly breath life back into you! I have seen the change in my own life over the past few months as He has answered my prayers to bring my dry bones back to life and watch it slowly taking shape. I can hear the lyrics of Lauren Daigle’s song echoing in my head “Come Alive”.

“So I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten”- Joel 2: 24a

3 thoughts on “Can These Bones Live?”

  1. Your words Lori, are so true to life…for all of us in this life who wait for our thirst to be quenched, we wander if anyone sees our weakness as we grasp to keep hold all the plates we are juggling!! Thank you for sharing your words and hearts to minister to others hearts!

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