The devotion today led me to Ezekiel 37, Valley of dry bones.
When God asked Ezekiel in verse 3, if the bones could live, he was as honest as possible.
3. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, You alone know.”
This answer challenges me to be honest with God and to resist the urge to be flowery with my responses. Same goes for prayer. When I am in the deepest of turbulence, there is no time for flowery and seemingly elaborate prayers. My favorite are, ‘Lord help me , please’, or ” I need you Father, now”. Those get answered just as my other long and flowery prayers.
Anyhow, back to Ezekiel and dry bones, the text reads
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.’ ”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
The Lord gave instructions on how to speak to the bones. Very systematically. Something worth noting, when things are getting aligned in our lives, there will be rattling sounds of ‘bones coming together’. I have often times confused that with God leaving me to my devices. It was not enough to have the flesh come onto the bones, more needed to be done. Ezekiel had to speak.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Today I spoke life into dry areas of my life. They are many! That tells you something. I haven’t been good at speaking life. I was challenged to speak what I want manifested in my life. Whatever happens to my life, good or bad, I spoke it at some point. I must be careful what I say. So should you. Speaking life is the same as choosing life. The Israelite’s had a choice of life or death.
Deut 30: 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
I choose favour. I choose peace. I choose to believe that tomorrow will be better than today. I choose to rejoice as I wait for God’s promises over my life.
Take up the challenge.