This morning before jumping onto my blog to write this post I read an article where there is speculation of whether or not some of Amelia Earhart's bone fragments were found. The bones need to be tested to see if it is human DNA and then compare the DNA to a female relative of Amelia Earhart to see if they belong to her. These bone fragments could belong to Amelia Earhart or they could belong to a nearby turtle shell that was found, either way they were dry, old bones that were scattered on a beach and no longer served a purpose. It is hopeless to think that those one inch bone fragments could ever do anything purposeful in this world again.
We have things in our lives that those bone fragments represent: things that are useless or a part of our past that seems hopeless. We have past mistakes or hurts that just don't seem to represent a purpose any longer, yet God has a different view on those "dry bones." Please look at Ezekiel 37:1-14. I want to look particularly at verse 5 for a moment, "This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life." If you have "dry bones" setting up and taking space in your life, know that God can make them useful and bring them to life. Can you imagine what that could mean in your life? That hopelessness that you are looking at is not hopeless when God puts His breath into it!
What is God's breath? There are many references to the Holy Spirit being the breath of God; and we know that the Holy Spirit is the gift that Christ gave to all believers when He physically left Earth. But I want to look at 2 Timothy 3:16 for a moment and see another way to look at the breath of God. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." Scripture is also known as the Word of God, which is breathed out to us from God. Think about it this way; when you speak you have to release your breath. When God spoke His Word, He put His breath into it! Now, please look at John 1:1-4 and savor every word. Now look further down the page and read John 1:14, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." Jesus was God's breath put into living flesh and bones!
Please read Ezekiel 37:3, "He asked me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'Sovereign LORD, you alone know.'" Only God knows what He can and will do with those dry bones but know this: God can use them! God brought a solution to those dry bones in your life and it is His breath, His Word; Jesus Christ is the one that can bring life to those dry bones! Praise God that He can breath new life into any situation!
As you celebrate Christmas this year, think of the hope that God gave us in Christ. We can have new life because Christ sacrificed for us.
This Christmas, will you allow God to breathe new life into your "dry bones?"