The valley of the dry bones– Ezekiel 37 (read it really fast! It is SO good!)
This is easily my favorite bible story. I pick this over the five loaves and two fish, woman bleeding issue, maybe even the birth of Jesus. Okay definitely not better than the whole Jesus died for me part but still. I love it. It’s because this is where we get to see who God the father is. And it’s extraordinary.
Ezekiel 37 begins with God bringing Ezekiel out into the MIDDLE of the valley. Not the side of a mountain, not the top, not the edge of the valley. Dead center. Basically in the middle of nowhere. And in this valley there are dead bones scattering the ground. The scripture describes them as very dry. I’m assuming to emphasize how dead the bones were. These weren’t newly killed bodies open to CPR and then going on their merry way. (I often picture the elephant grave yard from The Lion King for all you visual people.) The bones are DEAD. And DRY. God asks Ezekiel a very straight forward question: “Son of man, can these bones live?” And Ezekiel being the cool cat he is says : “Oh Lord God, you know”.
Then God tells Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones and Ezekiel did just that. He did just as God commanded and the bones came together. They lived and they became a vast army. God makes even more promises to the army. He promised them that He will bring them into a new land, and put His spirit in them. And then He says: “I have spoken, and I will do it.”
1. You play a role in your miracle. Whatever God asks you to do.. Whether it’s speak life into a situation, stay quiet, move forward, don’t move at all- DO IT. This story would’ve ended SOOO differently if Ezekiel had said “nah my throat is sore. No thanks”. Or said “I don’t really believe these bones can be people SOOO I’m not gonna say that”. Ezekiel doesn’t hesitate. The bible mentions nothing about doubt. He just does what he’s told. Your obedience can and will unlock your miracle. (Ezekiel37:7)
2. Your words matter. God told Ezekiel to SPEAK over the bones. What you say about a situation, what you think about it- can easily determine how it ends. If you speak negativity, defeat and discouragement into your situation, it probably won’t change. But by speaking life, speaking breath into dead things, believing and speaking encouragement and Gods word over it- can change EVERYTHING. It is possible that God may not change your circumstances, but that shift in how you talk about it is guaranteed to change YOU. (Ezekiel 37:4)
3. God makes each of us promises. God promised the army many things. Gods promises are all over the bible. (Read them and claim them for your life.) But He also makes us individual promises. He is detailed and intentional with what He promises us. If He says He will do something, then He WILL do it. He is a promise keeping God. When He speaks, He does. So though it may look dead and over with, If God said He would revive it, rebuild it, make it new- He WILL.(Ezekiel 37:14)
4. God does everything for His glory. If you are in the middle of a valley surrounded by dry bones…might as well start rejoicing. Because He often places using those situations just like He did Ezekiel so we can see and experience maximum glory. He said in vs 14- THEN you shall own that I am lord. He is saying: I’ve done all of this and NOW you will see for yourself how wonderful and matchless I am. God may be trying to reveal something amazing to you about who He is and the best way He can do that so you can really KNOW He is Lord…is in the middle of a valley. His Glory is always worth the wait. (Ezekiel 37:14)
Be encouraged today. If you’re in a valley and the bones are dead- God isn’t far. He didn’t drop you there to just to bail. He’s about to partner with you to bring it all back to life. So be obedient, speak the word of God over your situation and bask in His glory that’s to come. You’re about to witness a miracle. Enjoy it.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls. Flatten each to 3/4-in. thickness (2-1/2-in. diameter), smoothing edges as necessary. Place in an airtight container, separating layers with waxed or parchment paper; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- To bake, place dough portions 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 400°.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown (centers will be light). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 2 dozen.