Dry Bones, Hear the Word of the Lord

Lee DeYoung

READ : Ezekiel 37:1-10

Who but the Lord could have imagined such a scene? The Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to the middle of a valley filled with bones that had been dead so long they had become very dry. The prophet wasn’t sure what would happen when he obeyed God’s command: “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’” (v. 4).

In many ways, Ezekiel’s obedience to these instructions demanded more faith than Jesus’ command to evangelize all nations requires of us. “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood on their feet a vast army” (v. 10). Only God’s power could accomplish such a miracle. Yet, He chose to do so through Ezekiel’s faithful declaration of His Word.

Similarly, the Lord commands us to proclaim His life-giving word to a world of peoples who are no less dead in their sins. Is our faith sufficient to believe that God can breathe eternal life into Africa’s peoples of the Sahel (of Chad, Nigeria, Niger, and Sudan), the Chadic (of Nigeria, Chad, Sudan), the Masalit (Sudan and Chad), and Sudan’s Fur people? Earnestly pray today that Jesus’ saving gospel will transform multitudes from these animistic and Islamic peoples into a vast army to glorify Him.

“Then you will know that I am the Lord” (v. 6).

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, prepare the hearts of these peoples of Sahel Africa to receive the gospel of Christ. In His name. Amen.