Imagine that you find yourself in aÂ valley filled with dried up human bones.Â Clavicles, femurs, scapulas, and sternumsÂ lie in piles, and you think that nothingÂ could be more chaotic or more depressing!Â You stand in the quiet of the valley,Â wondering what this horror means, whenÂ you hear the God of Heaven begin toÂ speak to the bones.
â€œI will attach tendons to you,â€ He saysÂ to them, â€œand make flesh come uponÂ youâ€¦I will put breath in you, and you willÂ come to life. en you will know that I amÂ the Lord.â€
The valley falls quiet again before youÂ hear a new noise, a rattling sound. A Â million bones slowly begin to stir, sortingÂ themselves into the neat groups of 206Â that you recognize from last yearâ€™s HealthÂ class. You see skin creeping over eachÂ set of bones, and the skinny new peopleÂ gradually ll out as they gain muscles,Â tendons, and inner organs. A breezeÂ brushes the still valley, and then you blinkÂ and look again at the new guy nearest you.Â No, you didnâ€™t imagine it. Heâ€™s breathing!Â Theyâ€™re all breathing! And now theyâ€™reÂ standing on their feet â€“ a whole army ofÂ them. You can hardly believe what youâ€™veÂ just seen, and you shout to yourself and toÂ the whole valley: â€œGod is the Lord!â€
Believe it or not, God showed thisÂ transformation to a real man about 2600Â years ago. You can read about it in theÂ Bible, in Ezekiel chapter 37.
Thereâ€™s a reason I wanted you to imagineÂ yourself in the middle of something soÂ strange: Lots of teenagers live lives that areÂ depressed and hopeless, full of hectic confusion,Â or numbed by awful experiences â€“Â and I just hate the thought that you mightÂ be one of them. They are sinners, just likeÂ the rest of the world (see Romans 3:23), andÂ â€œthe wages of sin is deathâ€ (Romans 6:23).Â Joy and contentment and purpose are foreignÂ to them, because in Godâ€™s eyes theyÂ are as dead as a valley of dried up bones.Â They havenâ€™t yet been forgiven and begunÂ real life.
This doesnâ€™t sound like you, does it?Â Because if you can identify, then Iâ€™mÂ praying youâ€™ll see hope in a true storyÂ about a valley full of bones. e God whoÂ was powerful enough to convert a pile ofÂ scrambled skeletons into a living, ready-for-the-fight army is exactly the sameÂ today. He loves you with all His heart. HeÂ sent His Son to pay the death penalty yourÂ sins deserve, and He longs to replace theÂ dry bones of your often-depressing, often-confusing,Â sometimes-horrifying existenceÂ with His own amazing eternal life.
Listen to the gift offered to you in theÂ words of the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ: â€œIÂ am come that they might have life, and thatÂ they might have it more abundantlyâ€ (JohnÂ 10:10). Believe Him today, be forgiven, andÂ start living!
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