The sermon by Senior Pastor Elijah Wanje was based on Ezekiel 37: 1-14. Ezekiel is in the middle of a valley full of dry bones. God commands him to prophesy to the bones, “So I prophesied as He commanded me and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army” (Ezekiel 37:10).
When God asks Ezekiel, “Son of Man, can these bones live?” he responds “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” (Ezekiel 37:3). If we were in Ezekiel’s place, we would probably have expressed our doubts about the likelihood of the bones reviving, seeing a situation beyond help. The many dry bones that Ezekiel saw were in a valley; a valley represents a place of isolation, abandonment, loneliness, and neglect. Since people would ordinarily be buried, the bones represent disgrace, desperation, defeat, disaster, and despair. Breath entered these bones when Ezekiel did as the Lord commanded; a clear demonstration of God’s power to turn around anything.
God provides us with hope, even when we are in the valley. The state of the valley does not matter. God is telling us that despite our difficult and challenging circumstances, He can still turn things around. The presence of the dry bones in the valley means they had been there for a very long time. It was a sight that was overwhelming, abnormal, impossible, and beyond imagination. You may be in a valley today and feeling like a dry bone. Be encouraged and know that it does not matter how overwhelming the situation or the duration of your disgrace and disappointment, God can turn that situation around. None can stand against the power of God.
Do you find yourself in a valley of dry bones similar to what Ezekiel saw? The God of turnarounds is on standby. Speak precisely and persistently to Him about your situation, listen to what He has to say, and speak to the situation as He commands.
Heavenly Father, the Master of turnarounds, I earnestly pray that You turn around my “valley of dry bones” situation. Amen.