Speak To These Bones
14 September 2009
2 He led me around among the old, dry bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground. 3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” 4 Then he said to me, “Speak to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! (Ezekiel 37:2-4 NLT)
God showed Ezekiel a vision of a valley floor covered with scattered human bones. The bones represented the people of Israel and Judah, scattered around the world by the nations that had conquered them. God asked Ezekiel if the bones could be brought back to life and Ezekiel answered with simple honesty, “Only you know that, Lord.”
Then God told Ezekiel to speak words of faith – prophetic words – to the lifeless, scattered bones – to tell them that they would live; that they would be rejoined, covered with flesh, filled with breath, and be alive again. As Ezekiel spoke the words God gave him, the miracle happened, the prophecy was fulfilled, and the bones became living people.
Sometimes God requires us to take an honest look at something in our lives, our families, our relationships, our hopes and dreams, and causes us to consider the question, “Can this thing live? Can this broken, scattered thing come back to life?”
When that happens, we must look to God for the answer, even if he is the one asking the question. Then when he puts a ray of hope, a seed of faith in us, we can begin to speak that word of faith into the situation and allow him to work a miracle.
Sovereign Lord, I don’t understand why you choose to partner with us to work the miracles you want to perform. Often we miss the miracle because we don’t deal with the question you’re asking. Sometimes we miss the miracle because we don’t speak the word of faith you’ve given us into the situation. Help me to consider the questions you ask and to speak and act as you instruct. I want to see the miracles you have planned come to pass. Amen.