Day 16 – Dry Bones

One of the most fascinating classes I took in college was gross anatomy, which involved working on human cadavers. We thoroughly studied the bones in the body – their names, attachments, and movements. It was a great learning experience that I’ll always remember.

Ezekiel also had an unforgettable encounter with a set of bones. The LORD led him to a valley that was covered with them and asked, “Son of man, can these bones live? (Ezekiel 37:3)”

Notice that the LORD didn’t say, “Are these bones alive?” It was quite obvious that they weren’t. They were dead. All dried up. Useless.

Ezekiel wasn’t too sure where the Lord was going with His line of questioning, so he played it safe: “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know (37:3b).” Ezekiel didn’t answer “Yes!” to the LORD’s question with boldness and confidence because he wasn’t looking beyond the natural. His perspective was off. However, the LORD didn’t condemn Ezekiel for his lack of faith. Instead, in His love and mercy, He gave Ezekiel a chance to see what can happen when God enters a seemingly hopeless situation.

The LORD then told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones to come to life. As Ezekiel was speaking, he heard a rattling sound. Those bones were moving! They came together, one by one. Flesh and tendons appeared on them. Skin covered them. The bodies were still dead, though, because “there was no breath in them (verse 8).”

Again the Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy and to call forth the breath of life. Ezekiel commanded the breath to enter into the bodies, and a vast army stood before him – hundreds of living, breathing human beings.

Like Ezekiel, you may find yourself standing in the middle of a valley of dry bones. You can’t see beyond what is right in front of you. God wants to change your perspective. Whatever you are facing may seem hopeless, but it’s not. Whether it’s a lifeless marriage, a dead-end job or an uncertain future, the LORD wants to breathe life into your situation. He is “the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).” Put your trust in Him, and watch the God of the universe do amazing things in your midst.

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27


  1. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know the author of the song ‘skeleton bones’ based on this passage?

  2. The only song I know about is the kids song “Dem Dry Bones,” but that’s probably not the one you’re talking about. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    John Mark Mcmillan

  4. Thank you for the info! I had not heard of that song by John Mark McMillan.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes! That’s the one. Thank you!

  6. Amazing how The Lord shows you what you need to see and he has perfect timing. Thank you for sharing this devotional.