The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! .’” 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. Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” 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. 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.’ 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. . , have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’” Ezekiel 37:1-14 (NLT)
God showed Ezekiel a great valley filled with dry bones, very dry bones! God said to speak to the bones; Ezekiel did, and they came back together. Then God’s Spirit entered them and they walked and spoke!
Now, just about that time I would have been “outa-there”! Dead, dry bones rattling and talking scare me.
But God was showing Ezekiel that His Spirit can bring life where death has reigned. God’s Holy Spirit is the unseen, but central ingredient to anything like revival. Without Him there is no revival. His Spirit can bring renewal and revival to even dead religious folks. The Spirit of God raises-up even a people who have lost hope!
That can be the legacy of anyone who is ready to keep your eyes on Jesus, pattern your life after Jesus, and be ready to give yourself to this world in the name of Jesus. Where once there was a valley of nothing but parched bones of hope there can be new life.
For You, Today…
Are you listening deep within for the call of God’s Spirit on your life?
Why not spend a little extra time with God today; be still, hear his voice. You just might hear the rattle of dry bones; it’s called “revival”.