We just got back from the Cornerstone Church retreat this past weekend (more on that later this week)! The theme for this year’s retreat was “Moving Forward”, and the guest speaker Pastor Sam Park touched upon Ezekiel 37 (The Valley of Dry Bones). So I couldn’t help but think about Passion 2013 where Chris Tomlin (and the symphony orchestra) played “Awake My Soul” to a video of the passage, and then Lecrae comes out and paraphrases. It was a powerful representation of Ezekiel’s vision for sure.
Then the Sunday we got back to church, our pastor preached on Ezekiel 37 as well! Needless to say, dry bones have been on my mind lately…
Can you imagine? A valley of dry bones. What could have caused it? Who knows… But what we do know is what happens next: the bones were restored to life because of God. Likewise, the power and grace of our mighty God is awesome enough not just to send His one and only son Jesus to us, but to send Him to die for us… and to live again!
Dry bones? Because of Jesus, we will never thirst again – the water He gives us will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:13-14). Because of Jesus, we have new life to the fullest (John 10:10). Because of Jesus, we can boast in the power of God that can even breathe life back into dry bones – a power that nothing on earth can compare to!
Galatians 6:14 says, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” We have an amazing God who has delivered us from sin and wants us to move forward together. Let’s boast in Him, be confident and shameless with these blessed lives we have!
Maybe you just graduated high school or college, or maybe you’re facing troubles or transitions in life… Maybe you’re feeling like a pile of dry bones. But be encouraged! Move forward knowing that the God of the universe opened our graves so that we too can live again like the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 and that His Spirit is with us: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)