As many of you that interact with in a day in day out level know, I sometimes have to take steroids. About ten years ago I began to struggle with my health. Often times during paintball practice I would come home with swollen joints with little calcifications under the skin. Over the course of time this became worse and began to affect my life. I was diagnosed with gout and several different forms of arthritis. The treatments ranged from pills to steroids to self injection pens. Needless to say it was not fun. My quality of life diminished as I struggled in movement and my weight ballooned. In the last couple years I have begun to really manage it and reduce my medicine. This includes steroids that I was taking every day to an as needed situation.
This past week I have had a flair up, thus the need for a steroid regiment. As the word today is “spirit” I took a picture of my pack of steroids. In Ezekiel 37 it reads:
37 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. 2 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. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the SovereignLord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares theLord.’”
The bones that were covered with tendons and skin but did not have life until the pneuma/ ruach/ spirit came into them. The body did not have true life until the breath came into it. My body sometimes breaks down and causes pain. It is unable to fulfill the purposes that it was intended. The elbow was so swollen and painful to move. That was until the steroids came and provided a medical intervention to my problem. Sure my elbow was there but it was unable to do what it was meant to.
Our purpose is much more than tour day in and day out lives. With the Spirit of God moving within us we are given true life… more than we can ever expect or imagine.