Often times we come in and out of seasons of spiritual dryness. In seasons of dryness we feel dead, distant from God, unconnected from Him and The Body of Christ. I know in my life when I experience spiritual dryness I search high and low for an avenue to guide and draw me back to spiritual life. One scripture I always go to is Ezekiel 37:1-6, 14, The Valley of Dry Bones.
“(1)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. (2)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. (3)And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” (4)Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. (5)Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. (6) l And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:1-7
This passage of scripture reveals many things to us and equips us in coming out of seasons of spiritual dryness.
In the first verse we see that God brings Ezekiel to The Valley of Dry Bones. The way God works today is consistent with how He worked in Ezekiel’s time. God brings us in and out of seasons, and trials, of spiritual dryness. James tells us that we should count trials as joy and complete them with perseverance because in the end we will “be complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
In verse two we see the bones were very dry, and God asks Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” God is humbling Himself to Ezekiel’s response, only working from what Ezekiel will say, and He does the same with us. God is constantly humbling himself to our responses and willingness. He never forces anything on us. We should always reply to God as Ezekiel does in verse 4, and be completely dependent on Him. “O, Lord God, only you know.”
Our dependence on God allows Him to do miraculous things in our lives. This means He’s going to call us to do some pretty bizarre things as He did with Ezekiel. In verse 5 He tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones and bring them back to life. That’s nuts! That’s pointless! They. Are. Bones… but nothing the Lord calls you to is impossible or pointless. Again we see God is humbled to Ezekiel’s response. If Ezekiel would have refused to prophesy, the bones would not have been raised (sorry for the spoiler). Similarly if we refuse to do what God requires, then we shouldn’t expect to see our dry bones to rise to life.
As we get to the end verse 5 and 6 sum up the process of regaining spiritual life. 1. God breathes life into us or awakens us. In this awakening we feel the condition and conviction of dryness (HINT: Conviction is good, it’s awesome). 2. Verse 6 tell us the Lord will cause sinews (tendons and ligaments), flesh (muscle), and skin to come upon the dry bones. Now I’m no expert but it seems like God is building the bones back to life. The frame-work is there, so… He secures it (sinews), allows it to operate (muscles), and gives it a covering (skin).
We must not forget that in Seasons of dryness… the bones, the frame-work, the blueprint are all still there! It’s God who supplies us with support through fellow believers (tendons), strengthens us to move and operate by the power of His Word (muscles), and spiritually covers us and blesses us by His Holy Spirit (skin). Once all is built, He again in verse 6 breathes spiritual life into the tendons, muscle, and skin, making them not only head knowledge, but giving them life and creating heart knowledge.
Finally verse 14 promises God’s presence, His life, and placement. Through this we know that He is the Lord. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is life.