Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Ezekiel 37:1-14 NLT
[1] The LORD took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the LORD to a valley filled with bones.[2] He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. [3] Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign LORD,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” [4] Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! [5] This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! [6] I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’” [7] So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. [8] Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. [9] Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” [10] So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet— a great army. [11] Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ [12] Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. [13] When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the LORD. [14] I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the LORD has spoken!’”

Reflection . . .

Do we have faith to believe that God can and will make something out of what we see as lifeless and dead?

There is so much we can glean from this passage — God’s desire and power to restore His people, God’s deliverance of His people out of Exile, God’s future covenant through Jesus Christ in sending His Spirit to dwell in us . . . and the list could go on!

For today, let’s consider what may be lifeless and dead in our lives that needs God’s touch, His power to bring life and restoration. Perhaps it is a relationship needing reconciliation, a situation needing wisdom or a miraculous intervention, a deep personal need or even your walk with God. Come to the Lord in prayer, with faith believing that He can do the impossible!