“The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these 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 into 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 that I am the LORD.” ’ ””
Ezekiel 37:1-6 NKJV
The passage above speaks of that day when Israel will again worship the LORD, they will be His people and He will be their God. For the believer, it is a wonderful picture of individual revival. I can say that I have had times when I have found myself dry, lifeless. Perhaps I have fallen into a season of sin, perhaps I have become busy and not made time to seek the Lord, perhaps I have let the turmoil of this present time, draw my eyes away from the things of God, causing me to fall into the darkness. For some, this is momentary, for others, it has been a lifetime of dryness, seemingly distant from God. Still others have never known Him.
In the midst of my seasons, I have am always amazed by God’s initiation of contact. He has not left me alone very long, and draws me to Himself, even when I feel like my sin has made me unloveable, separated from Him. He did not leave the dry bones in the grave, He raised them. In my life, He has raised me from the dark places, and put me back on my feet. I hear the word of the Lord and it brings life to the dead places, and I walk anew. I am not simply restored, I am made new, stronger, less likely to become dry.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”
Psalms 40:1-2 NKJV
We are all surrounded by people who have become dry bones, people who have allowed a multitude of circumstances and trials to take their attention from God and placed their attention on lifeless and futile things. As we loive with them in fellowship, God uses us to reach out to them.
Believers, if you have become dry, God is near to raise you up and restore you. He will draw you unto Himself, and breath new life in you. In the pages of Scripture and through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can find revival, renewed vigor, that reverses decay. Your dry bones can be cover with new sinew, fresh blood, and motivation to do the work that God has saved you to do.
Perhaps you are feeling the tug of the Holy Spirit on your life, that stirring in your bones, that urgency to maybe open your bible, that word from someone that strikes a cord deep with in and reminds you that you need to return to God. Heed the call.
Then there are other sets of bones, ones dead, long dead, that never knew the Lord. He is near you as well. He desires to save you from your sins. I am a lucky man, in that I remember what I was like before God raised me from the dead. I was a horrible, self consumed person, caring for no one. I felt justified to hate by the pain I felt from the many injuries done to me by others.
There came that day when I found what love looked like. A Man many years ago, came to live amongst us. He was God in the flesh, Creator of all things, who came to live as His creation lived, tempted as we are, but sinless. He brought a message of salvation to a lost world, and was rejected, condemned and murdered on a cross.
He was buried, and God raised Him from the dead. I have heard that the resurrection required more power than all of creation. His grace is so amazing. Thanks to Jesus, you too can be raised up spirtually, your sins forgiven, your heart transformed, and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. I can tell you that when I came to the Lord, my first thought was “why did it take so long.” Dont wait.
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