Worshiping God with Dry Bones
Just going to throw this out there, Life has been real rough lately…
I’ve been empty, drained, tired, angry, bitter, etc. And the sad thing is I had grown comfortable with it. The valley that I was in became my new lifestyle. I was ignoring the Holy Spirit in my life and running the opposite direction. I became okay with not asking.
This had become my new Norm, so I decided to put on a brave face. I started living the life of a “Good Christian.” I had a position on leadership so that must mean I was doing something right. I participated in all the events and spent most of my time volunteering for different things. People complemented me and told me how good of a leader I was being, because this is what I led them to believe. I put on a face everyday that wasn’t my own. Underneath the face of perfection was a FLAWED person.
A person who doesn’t rely on the Lord for everything.
A person who pleases people instead of walking in step with God.
A person who hid behind her position.
A person worshiping God with dry bones.
I took my eyes off scripture and focused my time and attention on things of the world. I filled myself up with so many different things, I made excuses for not reading my bible, and if a conversation got too deep, I ran the other way. I started to find my worth in different things.
I started to serve my leftovers to a God that deserves so much more.
Malachi 1:8 says, “When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?”
I felt guilty for giving God nothing so when it came time to step up, I gave Him what I didn’t want. Things that I wouldn’t miss. I gave Him little when I had an abundance. And the only reason I had an abundance was because of Him.
This is not what He wants, deserves, or desires for our lives. God says leftovers are wrong and unwanted.
Think about that, God says leftovers are unwanted, but we continue to give them to Him daily without hesitation.
In Hosea 13:6 it says, “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.”'
I don’t know about y’all, but God is the one person I don’t want to forget about.
We should REJOICE in the fact that God loves us so much that after continuously turning away from Him he fills us up, without hesitation. But instead we take what we need and walk away.
God shows us nothing but endless mercy and grace.
When we make mistakes, He shows mercy.
When we feel like there is no escape, He shows Mercy.
When we think we are too messed up for His love and grace, He shows mercy.
Throughout this season of life, I realized that the worldly things of life do not define who I am.
My title doesn’t define me.
My mess ups, however many there may be do not define me.
The only thing that defines me is who God says I am.
I was caught up in worshiping God with dry bones, but He so faithfully reminds us that He REVIVES dry bones.
Ezekiel 37:2-5 says, “He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”