The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. Ezekiel 37:1-5.
As usual, God in His awesomeness, having a chat with His servant asked a fundamental question: Can these bones live again? Prophet Ezekiel was almost mute, but realizing whom he was dealing with, he quickly gave an answer with no answer. His answer is an indirect way of saying God should face His own reality. However, by following God’s instructions, the lovely illusions later became reality.
Today, God is asking us the same question: Can the unthinkable happen? Can our dry bones live again or do we believe that our dry bones shall rise again? What prompted this question from God is to test our faith and bring to reality our supposed expectation, whether expected or not!
The children of Israel were in captive and it seemed all hope was lost. They were in bondage with no clue of how to liberate themselves, neither was freedom imminent. They were in a world of hopelessness and God said, prophesy to them. “Thus said the Lord God; behold, my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 37:12. That was how God suddenly changed their story from worst to best.
Dry bones signify every dead thing; dead marriage, dead life, dead relationship, dead ambition, etc. When or where there is dryness, everything is deaden. So how do we get our dry bones to rise again? We must note that God is very interested in turning around our predicaments. ‘Valley,’ in the passage above symbolizes predicaments, problems, challenges that we face or found ourselves in. ‘Rising again’ means, there can be a turnaround to our numerous problems, bringing about a leap to the mountain top. ‘Dry bones’ refers to lack of capacity—when one is incapacitated to fulfil the expectation of life. These descriptions, however, require a synergy to make them real. Synergy in this instance is a form of partnership between God and man for dry bones to rise again. Inasmuch as we are creatures of God, there is every possibility for dry bones to rise, at the commands of our words since the Spirit of God is life in us.
But, what is vividly seen in our lives or present circumstances portrays impossibility. Impossibility in all facets is what we confess due to fear—confessions of negativity that will further compound our predicaments. In an advert by a now defunct bank (Bank PHB), their drive was to create an impression that the word ‘impossibility’ does not exist in their dictionary, when it comes to customer service. This is apparently an audacity; a courage to bring into existence the impossible.
Being a creation of God means a lot. It’s like a child to a father. One should be able to see some, if not all, the elements of that father in the life of the child. Likewise, it is incumbent for us to exercise the divine traits associated with our Creator. Our God is a God of possibility, making ways where none exists, confessing a non-existing substance, and bringing into reality an unrealistic plan. That is the kind of God we serve.
Therefore, as sons and daughters of God, we are prophets, we are orators, empowered to speak wonders, but we are neglecting this true nature of mankind. Speaking wonders or bringing a world of possibility, however, requires the activation of a very strong faith and total trust in God to bring into existence what existed not. Dry bones were lying in the valley and they will continue to lie there, if there was no prophecy to restore their life.
Obviously, it is not easy for a dry bone to live or rise again, when such possibility is doubtful. Or how can mere skeletons metamorphose to a fleshy body and having the spirit of man. This is the realm in which God chooses to operate—a realm of faith, a realm of divine sophistication. Hence, as Christians, we are expected to do the same. But we need to be well pleased in the sight of God, so as to be well placed to operate from this high terrain of divinity. God help us as we do that. God help us as we prophesy to the dry bones of our lives; they shall surely rise again.
Paitor Odun is an advocate of good news and a praise and worship leader.
As a kid, he was an active member of a children group involved in the spread of the gospel. He attempts to bring back that zeal through this platform. Feedback—firstname.lastname@example.org