Dry Bones

Posted by Josh Whitney on

“O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”  – Ezekiel 37:3 NLT

This is the prophet’s response to a question God had just asked him. The Lord had led the prophet Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones. After looking at them, God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones become living people again?”

I love Ezekiel’s response. This verse was very encouraging to me in a recent quiet time. Sometimes, in my own life, or with friends and family, or situations in the church, it is easy to get discouraged. What will happen with this or that person or circumstance? But I was really encouraged by Ezekiel’s heart. It is almost like he was saying, “That is a tough question, God. What do you say?”

After Ezekiel’s question, God told Ezekiel to prophecy to the dead bones. God did an amazing miracle after Ezekiel spoke in faith. The bones were covered with flesh, muscle, and skin. Then breath was given to the bodies, and they came back to life. It is crazy to think about a valley of dead bones being transformed into an army of people. (This will be a popular movie in the Heaven seven-plex one day).

God explained the meaning of that miracle: He was going to bring the spiritually dead nation of Israel back to life. The application for us is clear. When we see a situation that is discouraging or overwhelming, we need to fix our eyes on God. What do you say, God? God then commands us to speak His truth into the situation! Keep your eyes fixed on God, speak His word, and see what He does. Speak it to yourself, your family, and your friends. See what God does. “You alone know the answer to that, God!”

Submitted By:
Josh Whitney
The Rock Church
Taylorsville, Utah

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Malachi 1:1-2:17
Revelations 21:1-27
Psalms 149:1-9
Proverbs 31:10-24
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