Dry bones in a dry land

“God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.  I thirst for you; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.” Psalm 63:1

In today’s world, we have two problems.  We have dry bones.  We have a dry land.  We are in a spiritual drought and we so desperately need water. The Living Water.

Ezekiel 37 begins by describing a valley.  The valley, desolate and dreary, is filled with dry bones, “a great many,” of a once mighty army.  God asks Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” God then instructs Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones, concerning the breath of the Lord, the Spirit Wind.

“So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. As I looked, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man. Say to it: This is what the Lord God says: Breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live!” So I prophesied as He commanded me; the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army.” Ezekiel 37:7-10

Can you imagine? The valley, the bones, the hopelessness.  Once a symbol of death and lifelessness, now a symbol of revitalization and hope. The vision given to Ezekiel was of the house of Israel.  Unfortunately, many believers fall into the dry bones category.

Where are our dry bones?

Is it our whole self, needing restoration from the Lord? Are we completely ignoring the healing the Lord gives us, and the plan He has chosen for us?  Have we turned from Him, believing the lies and the hurt and the evils the world throws at us?

Are our dry bones in our hands and feet?  Do we refuse to serve?  Do we turn our eyes from the needs in our churches, in our communities, in our world?  Do we prefer to stay comfortable, convincing ourselves that others will fulfill the duties the Lord has given us specifically?  Do we turn a blind eye to what is directly in front of us?

Are the dry bones in our hearts and minds?  Are we ignoring our spiritual needs?  Are we neglecting our worship and time with the Lord?  Are we pouring ourselves out and forgetting that we, too, need to be poured into? Are we thinking too much of the world, filling our minds with negativity, leaving but little room for the Lord, who in reality is to have it all?

Only the Lord can restore the flesh to the bones and the breath to the lungs.  And we so desperately need Him to do just that.

When we address our dry bones, however dry they may be, and allow the same Spirit Wind that restored the valley of dry bones restore us, we can then confront the dryness of the land that surrounds us. When our eyes become blind to the needs around us, we ignore the fact that there is land around us, desperate for water, and ready for workers to plant seeds.

Will we show others to the well of Living Water?  Will we live with urgency and compassion for the hurting and dry?  God wants to make the desert and dry land into a spring.  It’s time we wake up the dry bones and make a mighty army for the Lord.

“I will open rivers on the barren heights, and springs in the middle of the plains. I will turn the desert into a pool of water and dry land into springs of water. I will plant cedars in the desert, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees. I will put cypress trees in the desert, elms and box trees together, so that all may see and know, consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:18-20

 

All scripture taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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