Halloween has come and gone. I’m not going to tell you that it is wrong or right. That isn’t the message God wants me to give you. He led me to point you to a life and death situation.
What do I mean? Well to fully grasp this situation I want you to check out my favorite Bible story. It is found in Ezekiel 37. Oh, that one. Yeah, it is perfect for Halloween and not because it is covered in bones. Though remind me and later I’ll share a funny song about the valley of bones. But… for a minute I would like to be completely serious.
Ezekiel was a prophet and God showed him great visions of future events. One of these visions involved a valley, deep and dark, that he encircled. He was taken through this valley because it was full of death. Not only could you see it, I’m sure you could feel it, you know the cold feeling all around.
One thing we learn from this story is that death doesn’t have to be fully physical. Death can be so much more than losing your life.
Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ - Ezekiel 37:11 NIV
A spiritual death involves lost hope. I’ve been there. Heck, it got so bad, that every time I got my hopes up, my plans would fail. Did you catch that? My plans would fail. God already knew what was going on, and He wasn’t the one getting me hopeful on these plans.
So, a spiritual death involves a loss of hope, after we have lost our hope I wonder if hope can be found again? Let’s check out the beginning of this story.
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” – Ezekiel 37:2 NIV
Do you think after all your failed attempts you can ever hope again? Only God knows right.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. – Ezekiel 37:4-8 NIV
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. – Ezekiel 37:9-10 NIV
God offered hope. What do I mean by that? Think about it, the Israelites felt they had lost all hope. They would die in captivity; they would die strangers in a foreign land. God was offering them life, not only was he offering it to them, he was giving them structure (bones and tendons) as well as life (breath). God was bringing dead men life again
It isn’t in our power that life is found, no, no matter what hope I build up if that Hope isn’t centered on God the life will continue to fade. So today, I want to offer you hope. God is the hope you seek. His hands are open wide, and he is ready and eager to bring life into you. The question, will you seek it, will you accept it, will you come?
If you have lost your hope, and feel like a dry bone, cry out to God. He hears you and will bring life and breath into you again. Take a moment and listen to Lauren Daigle’s “Come Alive” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuCLqoxigNA
Check out my facebook page for a funny song about the Valley of Dry Bones.