Breath, it is the foundation of life. Our first and our last act on this earth. Breathing sustains our life by providing oxygen to the blood improving circulation. We also use our breath to calm, focus and rejuvenate ourselves. In Pilates, the breath increases the muscle contractions activating the core muscles and stabilizing each movement. (To learn more about Pilates Breath, click http://www.pilates-trends.com/pilates_breathing.html) Breath nourishes our bodies, establishes a rhythm to our movements, and expels toxins- the list goes on and on- all this and without us really having to think about it. Yet, without the breath, we have no life.
Although most of this information about breath can be found in a science textbook, God speaks of the importance and functions of breath many times in His Word.
We see breath as the beginning of life in Genesis 2 when God “breathed the breath of life” into Adam.
The stabilizing nature of breath also comes from God. In Isaiah 37, the Lord gives breath to His people and “takes hold of their hand”—you can’t get any more stable than God holding on to your hand!
But the Breath of God does more than give us life and stabilize our movements through it—His Breath can be reviving, bringing us back from spiritual and physical death and weakness.
Today’s focus verses come from Ezekiel 37: “‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ “
The Hebrew word for breath here refers to mind, spirit, bringing relief, respite, to revive, refresh. God was breathing His Spirit into these dead bones- to give them relief, to revive them, to restore them completely back to life.
Although we are all alive, I am sure that we all have felt “dead” at times, exhausted, broken, spent, used up, depleted to the point of being on the bottom in a valley of life. How are you feeling today? Are you in need of God’s relieving breath, reviving breath, his restoring breath?
Let us pray that today, as we use our physical breath in our daily activities, we would also feel the relieving, reviving and restoring power of the Breath of God in us today.
Father, thank you for your Breath that gives life to our bodies and sustains us each day. We ask that as we learn how to use our physical breath to restore our health that you will send your Relieving breath to heal us, your Reviving breath to rejuvenate our depleted energy, and your Restoring breath to complete us so that we can rise up out of this day’s valley and walk in perfect alignment, shoulders back, head held high with your will for us.