God is an amazing creator. Just look around at all He has made and while you are at it, look in the mirror. We are only alive because of God!
Today, approximately 150,000 people will die. Someone said; “we should thank God that we made it today!” Another person (as pessimist) said; “The day is not over yet, things could change.” It is God who made us.
Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (NIV)
Breathed: the Hebrew word is Ruach. It is litterally the breath of God. The divine breath hit the dirt formed nostrils and the life of the divine was breathed into the dirt. The result is a living human being – Adam.
The New Testament would speak of God’s breath as pneuma – and in Latin, spiritus. Both mean wind, or breath. It is God’s inpartation of Himself into us.
While there are other living things, we alone have been created in the image of God.
Genesis 1:27So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)
It is unique to us – being in God’s image. No other creature can say it.
It is the breath of God that gives life, then the breath of God that provides abundant life. As we give ourselves in faith to God and believe in HIs Son, Jesus, God sends His Holy Spirit to us. Jesus did something unusual. In John 20, as the disciples are fearful for their lives (since Jesus had just been crucified – they wondered if they would be next) and Jesus breathed on them.
John 20:22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
There is the breath again – the pneuma, the ruach, the spiritus – it is the essence of God Himself who is life, being breathed into them and into us. It would not be much later that they would gather in a room and pray. Suddenly the sound like a rushing wind – or loud breath.
Acts 2:2 & 4Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.(NIV)
God’s breath and life is available to us all.
I find it fascinating that of all the ways God could have designed the human body, he included lungs and the capacity to breath in and exhale out. It is a beautiful reminder of the breath of God – the life of God coming into us. Each time we inhale, it is symbolic of the life of God being breathed into the first human. It is a reminder of how God wants us to remember that without this breath and breathing there is no life.
God’s Spirit desires to fill us each day and each moment. Our lives are to be lived in the surrender of ourselves and the receiving of all that God is for us and has for us.
John 10:10 Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The thief is still working this way because he knows no other methods. He steals, kills and destroys. It is his desire to take your breath away (in a bad way). The cause you to go without the Holy Spirit, without the inpartation of God. It is his desire that we live believing the lies of the past and the promises of darkness (which are never delivered) that he has something beneficial for us. Jesus says: I have more for you – life and life to the full.
- 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful….(NIV)
What God breaths into, the first human, each of us, His words to us in scripture, it is all about life. Everything God breathes upon comes alive.
Recently my iphone froze and locked up. So, I simply breathed on it to see what would happen. What kind of power did I possess? UH, nothing happened. Okay, a silly story, but none of us have the power God has and none of us can do with our breath what He can with His.
Breath in and out – and as you do, invite the Holy Spirit of God to breath upon you and fill you with His divine power and character.
Thank you God for life, this day, this gift of today and the realization there is more for us. Abundant life, eternal life.
Breathe and consider,