One of my favorite destinations is the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
I love the breathtaking views;
The winding roads through magnificent trees and tunnels;
The noises of wild animals;
And the feel of the mountain air playing with my hair.
What I love most about visiting the Rocky Mountains though is that first, deep breath of fresh air.
There’s nothing better than feeling that crisp, fresh, clean air touch your lungs for the first time, clearing away all the stress of home and work, making room to take in God’s glory.
My heart and soul long to take in a breath of fresh air again (road trip anyone?).
It somehow seems life-giving; renewing and refreshing.
It’s the way I imagine the Word of God being.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 explains how from infancy we have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
All Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is God-breathed; created by the very breath of God. The same breath in fact that created all living things.
Genesis 2:7 describes the first, long breath of fresh air as the Lord formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Malachi 3:6 explains that the Lord does not change.
It’s incredible how the God who breathed life into Adam and all of humanity is the same God who breathed life into His very words to us; words that have changed lives from the very beginning.
n the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made (Genesis 2:7); without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men (Psalm 119:105). The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
We understand that in the beginning, the Word of God was life. And that life; that Word of God was the light of men, as written in Psalm 119:105 –
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.
The breath of God gave life to man in Genesis 2:7. And as Malachi 3:6 explains, God does not change, therefore it is the same breath of God that offers the Life which came in the beginning (John 1:1-5), which is also light for men and the very breath that is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) in Scriptures today.
According to 2 Timothy 3:15-17, the Word that God breathed to life makes us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (vs. 15); is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (vs. 16); and thoroughly equips us for every good work (vs. 17).
We see also in Romans 1:16-17 that the Gospel, which is God-breathed, is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.
God’s breath brought human life onto this earth in the physical sense. Adam breathed in his first breath and had life. The Life that John 1:4 describes though is different. Its eternal life; salvation for our souls only found in God, which was the Word in the beginning.
Through His breath God reveals His righteousness that has been made attainable for us through faith in Christ Jesus. It is also through His breath though that God meets with us.
If you think about it, when you whisper, you’re simply using your breath, right? There is no use of your vocal cords when you whisper, just the release of breath.
1 Kings 19:9-18 tells one of my favorite stories; a story of hearing God’s still, small voice even in the midst of chaos.
Elijah was instructed to go to the top of the mountain to meet with God. When Elijah arrived, a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood and the mouth of the cave.
Elijah’s reaction was a display of his fear and reverence for the presence of God.
God revealed himself to Elijah through a whisper; through His very breath.
Through the first breath of mankind;
The same breath felt in the life-giving Words of Scripture;
And the breath that reveals a righteousness that can only be known through the Gospel and can only be received by faith.
It’s amazing that you don’t have to go on some long road trip to catch a breath of fresh air though; to clear the stress of life away and make room to take in the glory of God.
A true breath of fresh air is right within the pages of the Holy Bible. His Words are living and active, able to soften your heart, give you hope in a hopeless situation, and offer Life beyond just living.