BY: SHARON LONG
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BIBLE TEXT: Ezekiel 37:1-14 (verse 5) “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Ezekiel was a prophet and priest known for visions of destruction and graphic prophecies. God used his life as an analogy of Israel and to proclaim the Lord’s consolation to the exiles in Babylon. It was during the early part of Israel’s captivity in Babylon that Israel lost hope and began turning from the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord brought Ezekiel to the valley full of dry bones and told him to prophesy life to them. After the bones came together they were not fully alive until the second prophesy: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.” The Lord showed Ezekiel what he wanted to do for Israel — bring them back to life and give them hope for the future.
Lauren Daigle has a song called “Come Alive” based on the scripture in Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. “As we call out to dry bones come alive, come alive. We call out to dead hearts come alive, come alive. Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise. We call out to dry bones come alive.” This song has resonated with me since I first heard it. I have, at times, felt hopeless and dead just like Israel. I have allowed circumstances, events, and opinions bring me down to the point where I felt worthless, hopeless, and unloved. I don’t like making resolutions for the new year because they get often pushed aside and forgotten before the end of January. This year, however, I am making the decision to focus my attention on myself spiritually, physically, and emotionally. My main focus will be spiritually — remembering what God’s word has to say about His great love for me.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: As I focus my attention on the Lord and seek His will for my life other areas I want to improve will come together. Has life left you hopeless and feeling dead? Do you need the breath of God to breathe life into you? The Lord is ready to breathe life into you, all you need to do is ask!
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank you for all that You do! Your forgiveness and unconditional love is more than I deserve. Please breathe new life into the areas of my life that have been brought down by circumstances, events, and opinions. My desire is to serve you with all areas of my life. In Jesus mighty name, Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon has lived in Mount Juliet for 11+ years. She has 3 kids: Ashleigh, Rachel and Michael and two dogs: Bear and Buster. She has been a partner with Life Assembly for 11 years, serving in children’s ministry and in women’s ministry. She has worked for Change Healthcare for 6 years.