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Spiritual Dryness

  • 2001 16 Jun
Spiritual Dryness
Several people have written me in the last month or two indicating a spiritual dryness in their lives. Some have said that they lack the desire to pray. Others have felt an inability to focus fully on God when they are in prayer. As I thought about it, I realized that we all face some degree of spiritual dryness in our lives from time to time. I looked in the Bible for an answer and found the words of the prophet Ezekiel both incredibly prophetic and comforting.

This is how Ezekiel records his experience. "The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' I said, 'O 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.'"(Ezekiel 37:1-5)

At times we all have felt like a dry bone in the desert. We all have felt disconnected from God and desperately in need of the living water that only Jesus Christ can offer. And in these incredibly descriptive words of Ezekiel's there is both a hauntingly candid view of the reality of our separation from God and at the same time the revelation of God's promise to fill our parched bones with the refreshing truth of his Word.

As Ezekiel goes on to explain, writing as the voice of the Lord: "I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you."(Ezekiel 36:25-26)

Ezekiel knew that God would reveal his Word, and that that Word, which would provide you and me with the truth of God's love, was the only remedy to our dry bones. And indeed, several thousand years later, God sent Jesus Christ to this earth as "living water" (John 4:10), to renew our spirits and give us the possibility of new life in Him. As Jesus himself has said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

If you are now, or ever do in the future, experience a spiritual dryness, remember that the water to replenish your bones is to be found in Jesus Christ, who will give you a "new heart and put a new spirit in you." (Ezekiel 36:26) Focus only on Jesus, even if it means saying his name over and over again until you feel the living water of his love begin to flow in your heart. The truth of his word and the reality of his love will replenish your dry spirit and will give you new life.