CORE verse: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
As we begin to think about our journey out of the Valley of Dry Bones, let us consider what Ezekiel 37 tells us about the condition of being in this valley and what happens in order to bring us out of it.
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. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. (Ez. 37: 2, 5)
When we are in the midst of our struggle of an eating disorder, we are indeed in a valley. Of course we all know what a valley is: an area of lowland in between two high areas. (Some dictionaries actually use the term “a natural depression”!) Being in a valley often implies one has come from a high place and ventured into the valley. Perhaps we have done this inadvertently climbing the mountains of our lives, the journey of upward mobility in our careers, finances, families…somewhere along the way, we got off track and found ourselves in the valley. Maybe you came to this valley running from whatever is on the other side of the mountain. Abuse, pain, shame can send us running away from life..we head for the hills as they say—only to wind up in ED’s valley. Still others of us were not necessarily led off track inadvertently, nor do we find ourselves there from trying to escape fear, perhaps we walked into this place because we liked what we saw here from the distance. Climbing through life—and yes, it is a climb—can be difficult. Obstacles, slippery paths, and steep terrain can make it feel almost impossible to keep going. We glance across to the mountain range of our future and notice the valley. Wouldn’t it be simpler to go down and cross the valley? It’s flat, we wouldn’t have to work so hard…we could not have to try, to work so hard all the time. Wouldn’t that be nice?! Once we make our descent, we realize the dryness, the desolation, we long to go back to the mountains, back to our lives…they don’t seem so bad now. Yet here we are…dry, brittle, broken, and lifeless. What can we do? Like the dry bones we are powerless to get out. We have used ourselves up. Where is our hope? Ezekiel 37 tells us exactly where it comes from…the BREATH of God. We are scattered, broken, we have ceased to be able to help ourselves. Yet HE comes and says to us, “I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”
But how does this happen? How do we feel the BREATH of God? How does it bring us LIFE? Today’s CORE verse gives some insight into this process. It tells us ALL Scripture is God-breathed! God’s Word is HIS life-giving Breath! As we begin to study His Word, we will be brought to life through its teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training us in righteousness. In the weeks to come we will discuss how all of these benefits of God’s breath (yes, rebuking and correcting are BENEFITS!) can lead us to the life He has in store for us. We will still have mountains to climb, but with His Breath in us, we will be thoroughly equipped for the journey.
BREATHING IN (Study):
What does it mean to you to fully believe 2 Timothy 3:16?
Do you have any doubts about this verse?
Is there something in your life you believe that Scripture cannot address?
If we make the choice to believe this verse…how might that issue change in your life?
BREATHING OUT (PRAY):
Dear Sovereign Lord, I am like the bones in the valley. I am scattered and broken. Please send your Breath, your Word and Your Holy Spirit, to enter me and to bring me life. I await your work in me so that I may be equipped for every good work for your glory. Amen