Reading in Ezekiel, we discover a time when this prophet of the Lord God Almighty was in the valley of dry bones. He was led there by God for personal reflection and kingdom service. From this biblical story we learn that God often takes us to the valley of dry bones to teach us something and advance his kingdom purpose.
Titles don’t just tell us what a person does; they also give us insight into who a person is. In order to get to know Jesus so that we become more like Him, we need to know and understand His titles.
“Most Christians live out of their ‘mistaken identity,’ not out of who God says they are. When Christians see themselves as ‘sinners saved by grace,’ they have no choice but to live life as sinners, strenuously striving to become saints. Naturally, this effort leads to failure because we’re not in charge of our sainthood. Out sainthood has already been accomplished by our loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, when Christians are able to see themselves as ‘saints who sin,’ as Christ-in-me creatures, as clothed with robes of righteousness, they have the only basis to grow up in what is already true of them. God says we are righteous, and this becomes the context of the condition that allows Christ to dwell in us.
Times of crisis cause pain and force us to examine what we sincerely believe about God. Ancient writers knew this as “dark night (of the soul),” a term commonly used in Christianity for a spiritual crisis in ones journey toward God.