“And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
We serve the God who is in the business of bringing life where it does not exist. He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. Where there is death, He transforms it into life.
Israel was in a place of death. They had been for some time. What’s more, this was a death they actively chose and embraced. God simply delivered to them the results of their choosing after warning them against choosing it many, many times.
And yet, again, He is the God of life and the living. He was not content to leave them lying dead. So He set about bringing them to life once again. He was not going to do it because they deserved it, but rather because such a thing was in His nature. It still is. He was going to knit them back together and breathe life into them once more. But this time, it would be a life that came from the inside out. It would be an everlasting life. It would be a life that started with His Spirit.
God is still in the business of bringing life wherever He goes. Sin, on the other hand, brings death. If you have sin in your life, you have death in your life. Eventually that death will grow and spread and kill everything in and around you. That’s just what sin does. God longs to bring you back to life. If you let Him, He will come in and drive out all the death inside of you and replace it with His eternal life. He will bring life to your dry bones. The only question is: Do you want to live?