The comedy “The Martian” features an astronaut inadvertently stranded on Mars until the space ship returns for him. Among his many problems is how to get enough oxygen to keep breathing.
That scenario drove me to the Scriptures to study what they say about man and his breathing and the more I studied the more excited I got. It was overwhelming. I had never seen this truth before. I was breathless.
In Genesis 2:7 we learn, “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being”. Wow! God is the giver of life and that life came from the breath he breathed into Adam. The Apostle Paul declares, “God himself gives all men life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25).
Then I saw another life principle that man and animal share the same breath. Solomon helps us with this insight. “Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both. As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath . . . (Ecclesiastes 3:19). Job continues, “If [God} withdrew his breath, all mankind would perish together” (Job 34:14,15).
We all know there are biological and physical factors that keep us alive, but the bottom line is death occurs when God withdraws his breath from us. Ecclesiastes 12:7 is enlightening, “The dust returns to the ground and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
How about this in Job 33:4? “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” What a revelation! Every breath I take is God’s breath. We are a part of the eternal God. How incredible.
Like the Martian we know we need oxygen to live. But, unlike the Martian, what we need most is the breath of God in our nostrils. And we continue living by that very breath of Creator-God.”
As I write this blog and you read it, let this marvelous revelation, no, revolution sink in. We are breathing God’s breath with him. We are part of the eternal. Every time we breathe, we are breathing the breath of God.