Have you ever felt the need to slow down and just breath? To let your lungs fill with air and just be totally refreshed? I know I have.
The book of Genesis tells us God breathed the very first breath of life into man.
‘The Lord formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of the spirit of life and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 Amplified Bible)
Isn’t it amazing that God is the source of life and He ‘breathed’ this life into man. In the Old Testament, Job’s friend Elihu said it well:
‘The spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4 NIV)
In Hebrew ‘ruach’ is the word for breath, wind or spirit according to Strong’s Dictionary. There is a force in this word, like there is in the wind. This wind can blow (breath) wherever it wills and accomplish what it wants in my life (John 3:8).
One day last month it was extremely windy. I could feel the force of the wind all around me.
It made me sense God’s majesty and how I am subject even to his natural laws. But more than that, I realized how I will always continue to need His life-giving Presence in my life.
“And He is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:25 NIV)