What would you do if God brought you to a valley full of bones, and asked you if those bones could live? This is what happened to the prophet Ezekiel. Can you imagine being Ezekiel in that situation? Surrounded by lifeless bones, the Lord says to you, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
Yet, despite any doubts his earthly mind may have had, he responded to the Lord's question without hesitation. “Sovereign Lord, you alone know."
But then the Lord says, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!...I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD'" (Ezekiel 37:4-6).
"How Lord?" I asked as I read this passage, "How can something so dead be made new? How can what is cast aside and deemed impossible become possible?" Then it struck me. We are the dry bones.
We are dry bones that were robbed of the life that he has so graciously given us because of our sin. Yet, he loved us enough to give us another chance — but that would ultimately cost him his life. The Lord is showing us that nothing is too big or impossible for him and that we are never too far gone for his love.
He could have left us where we were, but he didn't. Instead, he chose to breathe life back into our thirsty bones. We were bones once — lifeless, godless, and worthless; yet now we are proof that God is stronger than death and stronger than any sin. Because we are united to him in the Spirit, we have passed from death to eternal life!
Father, from all eternity, you had this secret eternal plan that you slowly revealed through your prophets and then fully revealed in your Son. Thank you for uniting us in the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the Messiah. We have gone from dry bones to eternal life in you. Thank you!
Throughout This Day: Rejoice often in the eternal life you have in Jesus. Thank him for making you a new creation by grace. Thank him for calling you from death to life, at great cost to himself.
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