Ezekiel is one of those true prophets of God that was sent to speak to the House of Israel and tell them that Judgment was coming to the land because of the great sins of the people. The instructions to this Man of God were unusual to say the least. Nevertheless, the Lord had set him as a watchman for the House of Israel. His assignment was to say exactly what God told him to say(Ezekiel 3:18-21). In Chapter 4, God tells him to lie on his left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity." the number of days he had to do that was 390 days. And when those days were completed, he had to lay on his right side 40 days to bear the iniquity Judah. The Lord told him, don't even think about getting up, for I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege.
Read the first five chapters of Ezekiel and you will understand that being a prophet in the Old Testament was serious business. I don't understand this new crop of prophets we have today! Prophets that only prophesy money, husbands, wives, cars, houses, and the like. Prophets that sail into town,
And the church and its people are no better off then they were before he or she came.
The prophets of today could not endure the strict sanctification and consecration and obedience that it took to carry our God's business in the Old Testament.
but that's none of my business, so I will just keep sipping this tea as I write this blog. Lol Now let me get to my point.
Most of us would call Ezekiel crazy for actually following through with the commands and demands that Jehovah ordered him to perform. We would think it utterly odd, stupid, useless and impossible to speak to a valley of dry bones.
(Ezekiel 37:1-14). How in the world would Ezekiel call to life those lifeless limbs, drawing them into a wholeness, causing them to dance a across the plains of that set valley.
Every now and then I feel like a heap of dry bones in an endless valley. My inner dryness is sometimes due to the constant repetition of my busy days and nights; my lack of sleep and insomnia issues, a series of discouraging experiences in ministry, a plethora of bills that stream through every month, it includes some long-lasting inner struggles, and the number of people who constantly draw upon my anointing and time, when I am in need of a refreshing from the presence of the Lord myself!!!
Dry bones feelings often arise in places where winter wears on and on or where the rains never seem to come. The lack of sunshine, the shorter days and longer nights breed depression and arouse feelings of being alone, without my spouse, without the sweetness of my only daughter whose voice is silent now, because she has gone to rest in the bosom of the Lord along with my husband. Sometimes I fell dry and thirsty like David in the Psalm 63:1 " My soul thirst for You in a dry and thirst land where there is not water."
When this dryness comes. our life can seem bleak, very unsuccessful or unrewarding, even though it may not be that way. we can feel lifeless, dull or irritable. Dry bones feelings can lead to a long road or discouragement or lost enthusiasm. we just drag along, without much inner joy or peace. We my lose our desire to dream, to grow or to work at committed relationships we may become very self-absorbed or self-centered. Sometimes we cannot put a name or a face on our dry bones experience. If you are like me, sometimes you just run out of energy, run out of gas and need to refilled by the only one who can fill you.
the truth is though, anytime we feel this dryness, this deadness, we are like the heaps of dry bones in Ezekiel 37. the bones in Ezekiel's valley needed muscle, skin, flesh and breath to bring them together into life. What do we need or do to hold our live together. this is what we need to do:
1. Fast, pray, be still and pay attention to your inner spirit.
2. spend time with your family.
3 .Ask God to make your heart tender towards Him and to love others unconditionally.
4. Be comfortable in your own skin, love your self.
5. Dream again, write the vision, do a vision board.
6. Take joy in the little things.
7. Care for your physical body, eat right and exercise, go to be early.
8 . Laughter is good medicine, so show those pearly whites often.
9. . Confront your addiction! Be a man or woman of integrity; say what you mean and mean what you say.
10. Ask God to show you His purpose for your life.
11. Take time to grieve if you have lost a loved one this year, or if it's been two years or more, and you still haven't gotten over it. Don't be afraid to get some counseling.
On those days when you say Lord, "Can these bones live? How can I make it through this day? What is missing from my life? well, I am glad you asked. Unfortunately you will have to wait until tomorrow for those answers.
But I hope I have inspired you to come back again tomorrow to get the rest of the puzzle piece, Until then:
"Don't forget to say your prayers."