Mar 4, 2013

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Dry Bones Restored

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Dry Bones

 

I’m sure some of you are familiar with the story of the “Valley of Dry Bones” from the book of Ezekiel. But, for those of you who aren’t, I’ll give you a quick synopsis: The Jews were driven out of Israel and scattered among other nations. So, God gave Ezekiel a vision where he saw a valley of dry bones, and God used the bones as an illustration of His promise. God told Ezekiel to speak a prophetic word over the bones, and, subsequently, the bones were restored to living beings. This represented what was in store for Israel (restoration). See Ezekiel 37:1-10 for this passage of scripture.

Although God used this vision for a particular situation, it’s still relevant today. First, let’s dissect the analogy. Bones are usually depicted as being strong & sturdy. Also, bones are the foundation of the body. But, when bones are dry, they become brittle and easily broken. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Another translation (NCV) says, “A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.” With that being said, I’m sure you can admit that there may be some areas in your life where your “bones” have dried out. Maybe it’s a relationship that’s not as strong as it used to be (due to past hurts), and everyone’s given up on it because it seems hopeless. Or, maybe you had a dream, but after years of failed attempts, your vigor has worn off. In other words, the “bones have dried up.”

I just want to let you know that although you’ve gone through hard times and disappointments that may have broken your spirit & dried up your “bones”/strength, your situation is not hopeless. Just like God told Ezekiel to speak a Word over the dry bones that represented Israel, you need to speak God’s Word over your “dry bones” and keep speaking it until your “bones” are restored! **G.I.G.**

 

P.S. – And, take advantage of joy in the meantime. The first part of Proverbs 17:22 is so true!

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