Can These Bones Live

Hey everyone! Before we dive into today’s devotional I want us to center our hearts. Go ahead and close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. During that time just take a moment to thank God for today, thank him for your life and the blessings he has given you, and ask him to open up your heart to take in his word. Go ahead and take that time now.

You ready? 

Let’s dive into today’s passage. 

Ezekiel 37:1-14

“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 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.”

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.

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.

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.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

Today’s devotional is a little short, but I just want to present the question to you:

What “dry bones” do you have in your life, and do you believe that God can bring them back to life? 

No matter where you are at today. The pain or hurt you have experienced can be healed. The things in your life, whatever they may be, can be restored, and new life can be breathed into them. What I love about this passage is that God asks Ezekiel if the bones can be restored. He is essentially asking him if he had faith in Him to restore the bones. Ezekiel, putting his faith in God replies that only God knows the answer to that question. God, seeing his son’s immense faith in Him, gives Ezekiel the authority to speak life over the bones. And through the words of the Lord spoken by Ezekiel, the bones came back to life and have breath in them once more. They were restored perfectly the way that they were always made to be. Bone by bone, tendon by tendon, and lastly covered by skin. A vast army of bones were brought back to life. 

I remember multiple times in my life where I reached burnout. I felt no empathy or love towards others. I was impatient, easily angered and frustrated. I was not myself. The road to the burnout happened over time, but the harsh realization of it happened in an instant. I needed help, and only God could bring the dry areas of my heart and spirit back to life. This passage has brought me through those times. Times where something in my life has passed away, or when bits and pieces of me need to be given new life. For me it was burnout, but for you it may be trust that has been lost, family wounds that have occurred...loss of a loved one. Wherever you are at, God wants to ask you, “Beloved, can these bones live?” The answer is, yes. With God they can. 

Take the time today to ask God what your dry bones are. Write them down somewhere. Bring them to light. Next ask God for help in bringing these areas of your life back to full life. Lastly, prophesy and speak life into those areas yourself! With full faith and confidence that God will restore what he wants to restore. 

I am encouraged by the end of the passage:

“I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord”

Our father cares for us so much, that even though this promise was made in the Old Testament, it is still true for us today! I pray that you rest in that today as you read this and it be an encouragement to you that our Father always keeps his promises. Let’s pray.


Father, I thank you today for the life you have given me. I thank you God that you have given me life through your son Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit dwells within me. Father I ask your Spirit right now to breath life into the areas of my heart and spirit that have been long dead. I pray that your will be done, and that you restore what you want to restore and leave dead what you want dead. I trust your plans for me and I trust that your will will be done. Thank you for always being true and holding to the promises you make. I love you God, and pray these things in your mighty son’s holy name. Amen.