The Life Giving Breath
What would be your response if I asked you: “Can bones come alive?” Most people’s response would be, “No!” But for Ezekiel, that wasn’t his response when God asked him that question in Ezekiel 37:3 (NIV), He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
Ezekiel knows very well that God is Almighty and nothing is impossible for Him. Hence his reply to God is not based on human knowledge and understanding, instead, it is based on his faith. Ezekiel trusts in God’s power and authority over everything.
Ezekiel lived in a period in which the people of God were living as prisoners of war to Babylon. Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and killed the people of God. The survivors were then captured and tortured. Though they were alive physically, they were almost like ‘dead’ in every other aspect. They lost hope, felt helpless, abandoned, defeated and ‘dead’ in a sense.
For most of us, we may not be prisoners of war like the people of God during Ezekiel’s time. But we most certainly can identify with the emotions they had. Like when situations seem so bleak, breakthrough seems so far away, stagnation in our life seems prolonged or when we are disappointed by people or things. Other times it could also be an experience of a spiritual dryness, barrenness or unfruitfulness. If some of these strike a chord with you, take heart! I’ve got good news for you!
Ezekiel 37:4-6 (NIV)
4 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
6 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.’ ”
The breath of God is the One that gives life. This breath is sometimes known as the wind of God, the Spirit or the Holy Spirit. There are times when I feel discouraged, drained or even indifferent towards things around me. And when that happens, nothing in this world can satisfy me. Neither more hours of sleep nor recreational activities can let me be recharged. However, when I come back to the feet of the Father and read His words aloud, my spirit gets recharged! This is especially so for this passage from Ezekiel 37:1-14. Whenever I read this passage, I see myself receiving the new breath of God and this breath flowing into every part of my being. I simply love such moments of refreshing from the Lord!
How about you? Are there areas of your life that may feel like a valley of bones – so dead, so dry and so barren? Or, perhaps your relationship with God has gone cold and you desire more of Him? Whatever season you are in, receiving the life-giving breath of God is always essential and good. So what are you waiting for?
Come, join me in this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for showing me the power of Your breath through Your Word. I speak to the dry bones in my life and receive Your life-giving breath right now. Spirit of God, come and fill every part of my being. Fill me with Your Spirit to the brim and overflowing. I trust that the breath of Yours will revive any part of me that is dry, barren and dead. I pray that every day as I commune with You, I will receive Your fresh new breath every moment. Thank you Father. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!