Ezekiel was asked by God to speak to a valley full of dry bones. The bones were a representation of Israel’s current state. They were the living dead. They were without their king, their temple, and their land. The nation itself was divided and unification seemed like a long-lost dream. God breathing life back into the bones was symbolic of Him breathing life into Adam during creation. When you first get to the valley, all you can see is death. There are only the remains of uncovered skeletons. The bones could not come to life without the breath of God. Just like those bones, Israel could not be restored without the breath of God and neither can we.
Do you feel like you are just existing but not living? When you look around at where you stand, are dry bones all you see?
What places in your life are dry? Dry worship? Dry prayer life? Dry relationship with God? Are you dry financially? Emotionally?
You should look at why those areas might be dry. I know for me; my prayer life is a bit dry. I also know that I am impatient. I pray for something and if I can’t see some sort of change or sign immediately, I give up. I get frustrated. What can I say? Patience is something that I have to work hard at, especially in a time of instant gratification (See I AM human!). Here is the thing, God isn’t at your beck and call. He isn’t drive thru God. You can’t have it your way, right away all the time. It sucks going through certain things and no one likes trials, but sometimes God doesn’t remove the situation from you because there are certain things that you will only learn if you go THROUGH it. Are you believing for what you’re praying for? Or are you praying because it seems like a good idea? It’s a habit to you, not really a lifestyle.
When it comes to a relationship with God what most people don’t really consider is that it’s a RELATIONSHIP. Just like you must work at relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and your significant others, you must put in work with your relationship with God. He doesn’t go anywhere, we are the ones that stray. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that you could have religion, He died so that you could have a relationship with Him and His Father.
When it comes to finances, I am sure we could ALL use some watering there. First you should think about where you spend your money and what you are getting in return for it. We all need food, clothes, transportation, and there is nothing wrong with a movie or music. However, do you invest in God like He invests in you? Everything you have is His anyway. He trusts you to keep 90% and He only asks for 10%. What you get back for that10% is more than you could ever imagine.
As for your emotional life, there are so many things that cause us to trip up in this area. I am guilty of it myself. It’s one thing to trust those around you, but you have to realize that there is only One in whom you can truly trust. People will disappoint you, betray you, lie to you, or make you feel less than you are. We are human and none of us are perfect. Sometimes we hurt those around us, even when we don’t mean to. You can’t be led by your emotions or your feelings. They will betray you. Emotions can make you irrational and can cloud your judgment. How you feel in the moment doesn’t determine your destiny. Where is your faith? In whom do you trust? Surely, your faith isn’t in your feelings or other people.
Don’t put your trust in man, who is as frail as breath for what account is he? Isaiah 2:22
Man is but a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4
Thus, says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:5-9
God’s presence, His Holy Spirit is the living water needed to quench the dryness in your life. If you are continually acting in your own will, you’re going to end up with some dryness somewhere. Your energy runs out, you can only do so much, and there are limited resources at your disposal. When you depend on you, something is going to get missed, there is going to be frustration. With the vision God gave Ezekiel, what He was saying was, Israel needed to be totally dependent upon Him if they were going to be restored. You will only get you so far. However, when you learn to fully depend on God, He will restore all your dry places.
God will prune you in your dry places so that new life can grow. He will trim off what is not necessary, the dead weight, the dead limbs and stir up in you the nectar of resurrection and new life. The pruning we go through is often uncomfortable, but it is to prepare you for the rain that is coming to help you grow. There is no point in giving you the living water, if you are going to keep holding onto things that are dead. Speak life to your situation so that it can be made manifest, but also get ready for change in the process. Sometimes God won’t change the circumstances, but He will change you in the midst of them. Don’t just pray to get out of the valley, but also pray that God will give you strength to get through it.