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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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Scripture
         
69
“… and the breath of God in my nostrils.”
Job 27:3
 
 
   

The breath of God is in our nostrils. We read in the creation account that God “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” As God keeps us in life by preserving our ability to breathe, He performs mouth to mouth resuscitation on us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Yet, ever since sin entered human life, God has also been taking away life and breath. Godly Job was aware of this, for when he resolves not to speak wickedness, he says he will do so “as long as my breath is in me, and the breath of God in my nostrils.” The Psalmist, glorifying God for His sovereignty over all life and death, wrote: “You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.” We are all responsible to use the life and breath which God gives us to live in obedience to His holy commandments. We can misuse the very breath of our nostrils which comes from God, in sinning against God. For example, before the apostle Paul came to believe on Jesus as the promised Redeemer, he was “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord.” Job’s resolve not to speak wickedness focuses on the fact that speaking involves the use of the breath of God in our nostrils. When Daniel reproved wicked King Belshazzar, he charged him with failing to glorify “the God who holds your breath in His hand.” The beats of God in our heart, the food of God in our mouths, and the breath of God in our nostrils should remind us that we should “seek the Lord…and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” If we do not live for Him, we will wish we had never lived by Him.

   

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