God needs men who will believe Him for the impossible … who operate with confidence in God’s ability to do the miraculous … who will pray and proclaim like this … who understand that bringing spiritual awakening to a city is just as possible in our day as it was in Ezekiel’s. He is the same resurrecting God.
Bodies with No Breath
But there was one final part of the physics lesson that Ezekiel needed to see.
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew 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 the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come forth from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army (vv. 7-10).
Every man of God has seen this equation before—seemingly healthy bodies, but no breath. No life.
We know people like this. We call them “lost” people. Paul said they are “dead in [their] trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). This, of course, was all of us until the Breath came.
There are also churches like this. Mechanically functioning, programs and bells and whistles in every direction, but no life. They self-proclaim that there is life, but discerning believers know something is lacking.
The greatest heartache of such churches is that they have zeal but no power. They give a false impression to a desperately thirsty world that they are flowing with living water, but lives are not being changed. People are being sanitized on the outside but not sanctified on the inside.
Jesus was even harsher. He called such religion “whitewashed tombs … full of dead men’s bones” (Matthew 23:27).
What About Us?
Do we see this reality? Do we recognize the difference?
Or do we go on, propping up lifeless corpses, hoping our church can get just a little bigger and look just a little better than the one down the street, so we can feel good about our activity?
Do you long for the Breath?
Are you that singular prophet, in the middle of a valley of dry bones, who has the spiritual tenacity to finish the job? To pray and proclaim and believe until the Breath of God comes? Slowly at first, but then sweeping like a north wind into your family, your church, your community, and our nation? Until God comes and brings spiritual awakening to the land, and raises from the graves an “exceedingly great army”?
Then all the world will know that only One could do such a thing—no man, no church, no human machinery. “‘Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,’ declares the LORD” (v. 14), and He will be adored.