“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones…and He said unto me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, thou knowest.’ Again He said unto me, ‘Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.'” Ezekiel 37:1-5
The daily struggle of being chronically ill or in pain can drain the life out of a person. I’m not nearly the exuberant person I used to be, enthusiastic and excited for each new day. I remember the dreams I had for my own future and never really even considered that illness would put an abrupt halt to my plans. Now, instead of being full of life, some days I feel like a pile of old dry bones.
I can certainly relate to the picture we see in Ezekiel chapter 37, where Ezekiel saw the sad state of the bones. He asked God if those bones could live. What was God’s answer? Hear the word of the Lord, and His breath would enter in, and those bones would live.
Hearing God’s word can give us hope. By reading God’s word, we can obtain comfort. Through His word we can experience life-giving power to revive our old, tired bones so that we can press on in life and thrive.
I know from experience that I do indeed gain strength from God’s word, not only from the Bible, but also from sources where the Holy Spirit speaks to me through some devotional or a speaker. Immerse your bones in God’s word, and you will experience God breathing life back into you.