The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
Verses 1-3 of chapter 37 forms part of the vision Ezekiel experienced concerning dry bones being revived (1-10). It’s interesting to note the question God asks Ezekiel in verse three ‘Son of man, can these bones live? And the command in verse four where God instructs Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones to live. God can breathe life into these dead bones (as the case in the garden of Eden where God breathed life into Adam’s bones). But here, God is asking for human participation. First God wants Ezekiel’s involvement and second God instructs Ezekiel to perform the deed.
This can often be the case in situations in our lives where that particular situation seems ‘dead’ or ‘impossible’. But God wants us to part-take in the miracle. He wants to boost our faith and wants us to partner with Him in the wonders He does. So next time you are facing a seemingly hopeless case, and you feel the Holy Spirit asks you if the hopeless case is salvageable. Remember, nothing is impossible for God, and when God asks you to ‘prophesy’ over the situation, do so with faith and witness how the dry bones come to life.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus; you are powerful and merciful, let this be our prayer.
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1