Today’s scripture selection: Ezekiel 37-42
Key verse: Ezekiel 37:3
Dry; dusty; and very definitely dead – that described the vision of bones that the prophet saw before him.
There is nothing quite so final; so void of hope than death – especially when it is graphically represented by not just one or two bones but a whole valley full of them. Ezekiel must have been stunned by what he saw.
And then came the question, posed by God himself:
“Son of man, can these bones live?”
Ezekiel was wise enough and faithful enough, to not answer – but instead reply,
“Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
Soon, what seemed hopeless was replaced with a vision of new life. Soon, what seemed to be stagnant sprang up, literally filled with the “breath of God.”
God spoke to those dry bones and said, “I will put breath in you and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”
It was more than a slick trick. It was more than God showing off. It was a picture for all generations to come that God is the source of life and the source of hope when all hope seems lost.
God brought new life to the people of Israel. And He can bring new life to you and me – no matter what.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Sovereign God, fill me with the breath of life, fill me with your Holy Spirit, let me breathe deep of the everlasting life you so graciously offer me. In Christ’s name, AMEN.