As I was praying last week, the image of a cross section of a bone came to mind. It highlighted the MARROW section of the bone. Since that time, God has been showing me bone and marrow all over scripture.
There are many who feel like they are in a place of DRY BONES. Dry bones lack MARROW. Marrow is defined as
"a soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality)". God is wanting to breathe some spiritual lifeblood into these situations that will bring new strength and feelings of enthusiasm back!
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22
Marrow is JOY. It's so natural to look for joy from our circumstances, but when we find joy, laughter, smiles, excitement even in the most serious of times, that changes our circumstances! Joy doesn't depend on your experience. Your experience depends on joy.
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
Digging deep enough into anatomy tells us that diving bones and marrow isn't as simple as the inside and outside of bones. They are cellularly fused together. Yet the word of God is PRECISE enough to divide them. God is bringing a precision and discernment to us through His word that is going to bring a particular vitality to what has seemed lifeless or unresponsive.
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life." Ezekiel 37:5
Marrow requires SPEAKING into being the words you have received. It's not something that will "just happen" to you, but something God will do as you declare in obedience. The thing you are told to declare may make no sense or seem like too much of a long shot. Declare it anyway. If God says it, you speak it to your situation.
"Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." Proverbs 15:30
Marrow is GOOD NEWS. Are you longing for good news? The whole work of Jesus is called the gospel. The good news. THAT'S WHAT GOD DOES. He has good news for you NOW. Ask Him what good news He has for you.
"You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the LORD shall be known to his servants, and he shall show his indignation against his enemies." Isaiah 66:14 (ESV)
You shall see. Despite feeling beaten down. Despite looking at dry bones. God says "you shall see" over your situation that it will flourish as you respond.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." Proverbs 3:5-8
When God brings the marrow of His life-giving words, and it partners will your beliefs and declaration, it will NOT look like human wisdom. You cannot lean on your under of this situation. You HAVE to lean on the God that says dry bones can live. That leaning is what brings the marrow back into the bones!
"he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken" Psalm 34:20
Rest in the comfort that you are PROTECTED. But not only does God protect His own- it says not one bone will be broken. In Ezekiel these bones represented an impossible, miraculous demonstration of life and power. Not ONE situation in your life which is an impossible, miraculous, demonstration of God's power will be broken. What He commands, He fulfills.
Now is the time to speak boldly in prayerful declarations!
"When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long." Psalm 32:3
Do not keep silent! Silent resignation wastes away bones, but God-aligned declaration brings the marrow of life back into them. Listen now to what the Lord is saying over your dry bones...then speak it out!