Ezekiel 37 is about the valley of dry bones. What caused their bones to dry out? No hope. Verse 11 says, “…Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!” We were once without hope. Ephesians 2:12 says, “…strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” Our nation is full of God-less folks. They have no hope. Spirits are being crushed and bones are drying up.
Here is a verse from a new song about bones: When I thought about my circumstances I became gloomy inside. My heart was getting heavy and my peace destroyed. Then in Your Word You revealed the secret of health. My bones are affected when my heart is in despair.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 15:13 says, “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Luke 4:18 Amplified says that Jesus came to heal those, “…who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).”
Eternal hope is the anchor that holds every believer steadfast in the midst of the storm. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Our hope is rooted in Jesus’ resurrection. Romans 8:24 says, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees?” Hope makes our heart glad. Hope in God secures us when everything around us is shaking. Proverbs 10:28 says, “The hope of the righteous will be gladness…” Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”
Do not let your thoughts spiral down into despair. View your present circumstances through your relationship with the Lord. We who were far off were brought near through His death on the cross. Intimate communion with the Lord is a heart that dwells secure, and where the enemy has no access. It is time to declare hope to those around us.