Conntecting the Dots

Rise Again!

To say these folks felt bone weary is an understatement. The Israelites were more than just overtired and exhausted. They were dead…’way dead, and the valley filled with old, dry bones proved it. Life was gone and with it, all hope. But everything changed when the Spirit of the Lord showed up. Ezekiel 37:10 says, “They all came to life and stood up on their feet – a great army of them.”

What an amazing scene that must have been. And what an amazing message it carries! If you’re struggling in a difficult situation today and you feel as though all hope is gone…this message is for you, my friend. Read God’s words to you:

“O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens O my people, you will know that I am the LORD. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 37:12-14).

These three verses are packed with promises:

  • God will open our graves and cause us to rise again! Even when all hope is gone, He wants to breathe life into our battle-weary souls and set us on our feet. Nothing, not even death, can defeat Him or His purposes.
  • God will bring us back to the land of Israel. In this context, it means He’ll fulfill His grand purpose for our lives.
  • God will put His Spirit in us. That happens when we enter a relationship with Jesus Christ and trust Him for our salvation. His Spirit living in us means His presence is with us 24/7. We’re never alone – how reassuring is that?
  • God will reveal Himself to us. Seemingly impossible situations are opportunities for Him to work mightily on our behalf, and when He does, we get to know Him more intimately. We understand that He truly is God.

Do you feel like you’re living in the Valley of Dry Bones? Hang in there, my friend! God has no intention of leaving you there. He will cause you to rise again and will fulfill His purposes for your life. He will put His Spirit within you, and you’ll get to know Him more intimately. He said it…and I believe it’s true. Do you?

Have you ever felt as though you were in the Valley of Dry Bones? If so, did you see the above promises fulfilled in your life? How?

4 Responses to “Rise Again!”

    • Grace

      Hi Joanna. I’m glad these thoughts proved to be what you needed. The words “rise again” should be posted on our fridge doors, eh?

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  1. Judy Cline

    Love that God is faithful lifting us out of doubt and setting our feet securely on the path of hope. What an exchange – our weariness for His strength. It usually comes at the precise moment of our greatest need. The currency is priceless. It is the knowing God in the “afterward” of our struggle. Ezekial 37″12-14. He is the treasure.

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    • Grace

      Thanks for your comment, Judy. Our weariness in exchange for His strength — that doesn’t sound like a fair deal to me. But thank the Lord and His goodness, that’s the way He works. He is indeed the treasure. Where would we be without Him in our lives?

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