“Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again…Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” - Ezekiel 37:4-6
Well, we made it. It’s finally the end of a challenging year. As we turn the page on 2020, where is your life right now? For many of us, perhaps we feel like the dry bones the prophet Ezekiel was addressing in Ezekiel 37.
Ezekiel was taken up by the Holy Spirit into this valley that was full of dry bones. He takes a look around the valley and Ezekiel says, “Man, these bones are really dry, they must've been dead for a long time."
Is this you? Are you these really dry bones? Perhaps even before the troubles of 2020 began, you were feeling this dryness. On the outside it looks like everything is okay, but inside you feel like you're spiritually dead. Maybe you’re feeling like these dead bones are saying “Our bones are dried up, our hope is lost.” Or perhaps you've never actually been in a place where you have ever felt alive spiritually. Perhaps you have never felt the joy of being in a relationship with Jesus.
The great promise of this text is there is hope! This season will not last! We will experience our ups and downs. There will be times where we feel like Jesus is my lifeline and other times when our bones just feel dry. Maybe even now, you're in a dry place like a wilderness where you're just grasping at the straws of your faith.
Take heart! Don't be afraid! Sometimes God leads us into the wilderness so that we can realize there is nothing more we can do but depend on Him.
How is this possible? It’s possible because Jesus Himself went into this wilderness when He hung on the cross. We know that new life for us is possible because on the third day Jesus had new life breathed into Him.
If we feel like we've been dead spiritually for a long time, the Holy Spirit renews our spirits, giving us new life and fresh hope, and placing us back in the joy of relationship with Jesus.
As we enter a new year, may we find our hope, life and joy in Christ Jesus who loved us and gave His life for us so that we might live in the fullness of God.
On behalf of the pastors and staff at BAC, we pray that you will have a Happy New Year! See you in 2021.