What would you do if God brought you to a valley full of bones, and asked you if those bones could live?
This is what happened to the prophet Ezekiel.
“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. 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. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:1-3)
Can you imagine being Ezekiel in that situation? There he stood surrounded by lifeless, dry, bones that where clearly very dead, and the Lord says to him, “Son of man, can these bones live?” How would you respond, and what would you say? How can something that is already dead live again?
These are the questions that my earthly mind asks, the questions that perhaps Ezekiel asked within his heart as he stared out over a seemingly hopeless situation. Yet, despite the doubts that he may have had he responded to the Lord’s question simply, and without hesitation.
“I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
But then the Lord says,” Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'” (Ezekiel 37:4-6)
“How Lord?” I asked as I read this passage, “How can something so broken, so hopeless, and so lost be made new? How can what is cast aside and deemed impossible become possible?” Then it struck me, we are the dry bones.
We are dry bones that are broken, helpless, and robbed of the life that He has so graciously given us because of our sin.
Yet, He loved us enough to give us another chance, a chance that would bring us back to life but would ultimately cost Him his. In this passage the Lord is showing us that nothing is too big or impossible for Him, and that we are never too far gone for His love.
His love breaks the chains that enslave us to our sin, addiction, depression, lust, pain, heartbreak, etc. We are lost without Him, His love, and the grace that He so graciously pours out over us day after day.
He could have left us where we were, but He didn’t. Instead, He chose to breathe the breath of life back into our thirsty bones, and tenderly put us back together into the people that He created us to be.
We were bones once broken, dry, hopeless, lifeless, godless, and worthless, yet now we are proof that God is stronger than death, stronger than sin, and stronger than what is perceived in this life to be impossible.