Job 12:7-10 “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
One of my favorite street evangelists is a man by the name of Ray Comfort. I always got a kick out of the creative ways he would illustrate a point and remind people of the fragility of life.
When sharing the gospel Ray would use a common refrain to help people understand the urgency of the hour, a reminder if they wait to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior they might not get another opportunity.
It went something like this: “How do you know how long your going to live? you are not guaranteed your next breath.”
The reminder in Job is a reminder to consider the sovereignty of God. Consider what God has created and see His glory in the midst of it. At the end of this poetic picture of life, originating from the hand of God is our life, our breath, and the reality that He sustains us each and every minute.
Signs of Life
Job 33:4 “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
If we think we are more than we ought, we have reminders of who holds our lives in His hands. The life of a person is in the blood and the primary reason this supplies life is the oxygen the blood delivers to the body.
I find it interesting how God’s breath is what gives us life. When we look and see what God’s breath has accomplished, we might consider how miraculous our lives really are.
Genesis 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
The very first sign of life was God breathing into Adam. It was this infusion of life that gave mankind it’s start. Was the breath of God only air meant to fill the lungs and provide a means for function? or was this breath something more?
Job 27:3-4 “As long as my breath is in me,
And the breath of God in my nostrils,
My lips will not speak wickedness,
Nor my tongue utter deceit.”
There seems to be a distinction between the air in our lungs that signifies the presence of life, and the ‘breath of God’ that exists in our being.
John 20:22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus commissioned the apostles for ministry, He readied them by first giving them life. When Jesus breathed on them, the disciples witnessed first hand the majesty of God at the beginning of Creation. Jesus was not creating human life at this time, He was forming these men into living stones, temples of His Spirit who would carry with them the gospel to the world.
The breath of God gives life. Our lives are only made possible by His life He has given to us.
How much more egregious is the individual who wastes their life in opposition to God’s call? For those who reject the Savior, they reject the life they truly need, settling for only what is only temporary.
Isaiah 42:5 “Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:”
The Lord imparts life to our bodies and life to our souls. The first is a testament to God’s strength, the second is a testament to God’s favor. To all who accept the call of repentance of sin, there awaits a newness of life that no flesh can find on their own.
The Breath of God’s Word
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
The Word of God leads us to newness of life, does it surprise you that even this Truth came forth from God’s breath. The power of God is beyond anything we can comprehend, the impact of so much is released in just a breath.
I find it interesting how we will breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide while the plants need the carbon dioxide for photosynthesis that occurs in producing oxygen. The Lord breathes out and it is His breath that gives us life, if we receive this life we in turn produce the peaceful fruits of righteousness unto Him.
Psalm 104:29-30 “When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.”
What God has given, God can take away.
The dust of the Earth is the means by which we were formed, all of the elements necessary for life is contained within this planet and yet there must be something more.
For life to form, God must initiate the life. Science has tried for decades to replicate life, without success. Science can mimic what is already there, it can take complexity and set it in motion but it cannot form life from the elements.
We are elementary to God. What seems complex to us is simple to Him. Rest assured, there is nothing in life so complex that God can’t figure it out.
The Breath of His Creation
Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
Do you know what else God made?
All of the angels in Heaven were formed by this very same breath. Angels are separate created beings from people, they have specific roles God has given them and they had a beginning just as we did. Angels are not deity therefore they should not be worshipped. People don’t become angels after they die, this is a fallacy of the world. For the angels that rebelled with Satan, they have become gross reminders of the sin and rebellion by which they have chosen.
The beauty of God’s creation has been convoluted by sin, and it is this sin that decay’s the world around us. As the plans of God unfold for this world, a reminder of the timetable it is measured by becomes more apparent each day.
The Breath of Understanding
Job 32:8 “But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.”
When God calls people to repentance—He breathes upon them and gives them new life. When God’s people walk in obedience, God breathes upon them and they grow in knowledge. Everything pertaining to life and godliness comes from Him.
For those who have rejected God’s call, they stand against the life giving power and knowledge of His majesty.
There is nothing we contain that we did not receive from God first. There is no knowledge puffed up that stands against Him, there is no revelation of Truth that He did not ordain, He provides all we need if only we will receive it.
The Breath of Judgement
2 Thessalonians 2:8 “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.”
When Satan who seems so formidable, comes against the power of the living God, it is but by the breath of God is he vanquished. The enemies of God cannot stand against Him and yet they continue to try. It is an exercise in futility to oppose the Lord, so why do so many still think they can?
Isaiah 30:33 “For a burning place has long been prepared; indeed, for the king it is made ready, its pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of sulfur, kindles it.”
Not only does God’s breath bring life, it imposes His judgement. Hell itself is stoked by the breath of God, the place of torment for all who choose to reject His Son.
Isaiah 11:4 “But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.”
Today, the wicked are cast into Hell when their lives come to a conclusion. One day, at the end of days, a large number of people will rebel one last time and they will feel the breath of God just before they perish.
I wonder if they will know for just a moment what they have missed? The power of God that could have brought life to them is now removing what life they had.
Psalm 104:29 “When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.”
The Breath of our Being
I see three elements of life:
- The breath given to our flesh
- The breath of our spirit
- The breath of God’s Spirit in us
The breath God breathes into us upon our inception gives life to our bodies. When the newborn comes forth from the womb and draws in its first breath, it is a gift from God.
Our spirit is the aspect of our life that continues on into eternity. For those who have accepted the grace of God in Jesus Christ, they live in the presence of God. For those who reject God’s love, their spirit’s will die an everlasting death in the Lake of Fire. The Spirit of God is the seal in the life of a believer, it is the very nature of God that is infused into our being upon salvation.
How great of a calling is it for those who bear the Spirit of God within them—the carry forth the breath of God to the world.
2 Peter 1:21 “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
We must remember our place, we must remember from where we came, and let these reminders spur us on to good works in Christ. The breath of God will sustain His people for eternity, why not partake and be assured of His life giving flow now?
Breath in what God has given you—newness of life. Remember where life originates, how life is sustained, and how life is being renewed. Keep your eyes on the giver of life and draw from His never ending flow.