The last 15 months have been ultra-challenging. Many believers are in a dry place.
To say that we are a valley is an understatement.
Some feel like a valley has been their address.
Have you been through a valley with a sense of death all around? No fun.
Often the valley is a place that God assigns to us. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit.
God will also assign us to places, people, and things that need His touch.
So what do you do when a valley becomes your assignment?
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?” (Ezekiel 37:1–3, NKJV)
The metaphors are obvious. Valleys are opposite of the mountaintop. Valleys can be filled with dead, dry stuff. This particular valley was filled with dead and dry bones of human remains. This was terrifying, I’m sure.
Terror on steroids. Being surrounded by dead bones is a super challenge. But God gave Ezekiel a strategy in the valley of dead, dry bones.
Dead stuff was everywhere. Death is not the cessation of life. Death is a feeling we experience when losing our first love. Remember? Or maybe we lost a mom, a dad, or a loved one. Or we experienced the loss of a career, job, or our BFF ended a relationship.
Death sets in. Our heart is beating, but inside, our emotions – shattered. We are numb, lifeless, and hopeless. It is like being surrounded by death both inside and out.
Have you ever been so dry and so low that you cannot see your way out of the valley?
This was Ezekiel’s dilemma.
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 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 37:3–6, NKJV).
His answer: “O Lord, you know.” How true is that? Ezekiel must see more than natural eyes can see
This place is dead, dry, lifeless, and decaying! But God sends Ezekiel into it with a plan to resurrect what was dead. God desires to show us that He can bring life to everything that is dead.
What’s dead in your life? Have you experienced dead dreams, dead relationships, a dead-end job, or maybe a dead marriage?
God says: “I can bring it back to life.” How can God possibly bring things that are dead to life? God tells Ezekiel to say what I tell you.
The first challenge is for Ezekiel to believe. God leads Ezekiel to a faith-forward encounter.
Ezekiel must speak beyond what his eyes can see and beyond what his mind can conceive.
God tells Ezekiel to prophesy. Notice, God did not say pray. God said prophesy.
Prophesy means to speak by inspiration or prediction. Ezekiel is operating in faith beyond the natural realm. The kind of faith that requires looking beyond the obvious and speaking beyond the norms.
God said: Speak to the bones! What? Yes, speak.
Remember what the Bible says: Death and life are in the tongue’s power (Proverbs 18:21).
So, I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling. And the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breathe, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So, I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. (Ezekiel 37:7–10, NKJV).
He trusted God even when he did not understand.
Ezekiel prophesied as commanded! Talk about obedience. Maybe your marriage is over. The job choice is final—the promotion given to another.
But God says: “Prophesy.” Can you obey? Will you obey? Obeying God may challenge you to do things you do not understand.
This may seem foolish. When God desired to raise up an army, he sent a man foolish enough to say things he could not believe.
The scripture is written for our admonition – written to challenge us beyond what our eyes can see.
Ezekiel spoke life, and the bones came to life.
So, what things need to come to life in your life?
Why are you waiting?
Fill your mouth with God’s word and speak what God says.
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