Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 37-39
Today’s Reflection: Ezekiel 37:1-4
1) The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2) And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3) And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4) Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Most of the prophesies God gave Ezekiel were bleak reminders of Judah’s sin’s and the destruction that would come upon them as a result of it. But there are a few words reminding us of God’s redemptive power and His desire to save His people. Today’s text is one of them.
God sets Ezekiel in the midst of a deserted battlefield, filled with the bones of the dead from men fallen in battle and asks, “can these bones live?” As Ezekiel begins to prophesy over the bones with the Word of God, form and breath are restored to the dead and they come back to life.
We all have things in our lives that may have fallen to the battles of this world. Hopes, dreams, plans, relationships, careers, health—all can fall prey to the attacks of the enemy as well as our own foolish mistakes. But we serve a God who is bigger than the enemy or our mistakes. We serve a redemptive, restorative God who desires to bring back to life the things within us that we may think are dead.
All that is needed is what Ezekiel used: the Word of God. When studied and followed the Word of God brings life, healing, clarity, direction, reconciliation, growth and success. Apply the Word of God to the hurts and pains in your life and see for yourself.
John 6:63 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.