by: Tim Olson
Wake Up Dry Bones!
The Valley of Dry Bones
37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley;[a] it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath[b] to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling,[c] and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”
So many people have become spiritually dehydrated, or worse completely dried up within the past 6 months. Perhaps due to walking away from church and using the Covid-19 restrictions as an excuse or because their local church did not reach out to minister to them. Whatever the reason is you cannot doubt that we are seeing a surge in anger, hatred and malice in our country. I certainly believe that the leaders of our great state do not consider churches being closed as a contributor to the current rise in violence.
My message to everyone is WAKE UP! Read the word of the Lord above. My heart is heavy for those who have chosen to walk away from their local congregation. The isolation of believers will dehydrate you spiritually. I believe the Lord is calling Pastors to preach the unadulterated word of God, the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I read the passage above my prayer is that God would breath life back into his children once again.
My church family, it is time to wake up spiritually. Go out today and live like God's Holy Spirit is alive in you.