You Can Breathe, Even When It Isn’t Easy – May 20, 2024

Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the LORD was on 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, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
Ezekiel 37:1-3

You Can Breathe, Even When It Isn’t Easy

Family Devotion – May 20, 2024

Devotion based on Ezekiel 37:1-3

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

One of the first things a paramedic does when arriving at an emergency is to check and see whether a person is breathing. Breathing is a sign of life.

In our reading today, one of God’s prophets, named Ezekiel, was given a vision (a spiritual dream) from God. The vision was of a community of God’s people who had stopped breathing. More than that—all signs of life were gone. Lifeless. All that was left was a pile of dry bones: No muscles, skin, or breath of life.

Then Ezekiel saw something amazing. At God’s spoken word, the dry bones rattled and connected. Where once there was only a pile of bones, complete human beings appeared! But there was still something missing. They had no breath of life in them. Then, God provided that, too. What an amazing sight! What is God trying to tell us? Just this: he has the power to bring human bodies to life. We are his creation.

The startling image of lifeless bodies helps us understand how God brings human souls to life. Spiritually, we are like dry bones. Sin takes over us and leaves us lifeless. The apostle Paul describes us as spiritually dead in sin (Ephesians 2). But God doesn’t leave us that way. Paul goes on to say, “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead.” God breathed life into us with the Holy Spirit. We live and breathe because God put the breath of life into us.

Have you ever felt short of breath? Like an elephant was sitting on your chest, making it hard for you to breathe? Maybe something is weighing on you inside, making you feel guilty, ashamed, or troubled. Don’t worry your breath is still there. Whenever we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s love for us and that we are saved by his grace. You are alive in Christ. Pray that God would lift the weight from you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you breathe easier. God has power over all things—your bones, breath, body, and soul. He will take care of your life—physically and spiritually.

Closing Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for making me alive in Jesus. Keep your Holy Spirit working in my heart, so I always remember how much you love me. I ask this in your holy name. Amen.

The questions below are to help families discuss this devotion. The questions are divided by age group as suggestions, but anyone could reflect on any of the questions as they desire.

Questions for Younger Children

  • Take a big deep breath. How does it feel?
  • How is forgiveness from Jesus like taking a big deep breath?

Questions for Elementary Age Children

  • When we were dead because of sin, how did God make us alive again?
  • What does the Holy Spirit use to breathe spiritual life into us?

Questions for Middle School and Above

  • How does the vision of the dry bones illustrate the important work of the Holy Spirit?
  • What would life as a Christian be like if the Holy Spirit wasn’t working inside you?


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