“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
In the prior devotion we emphasized how we must be shaped into the image that God has ordained us to be. But in this same verse we see that it is also necessary for the Creator to breathe into us if we are to everything He has called us to be.
We see this concept throughout Scripture: when God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah, the distinction between their old and new names is the Hebrew letter called ה hei — the letter emblematic of breath. In other words, by inserting this letter into their names it hinted that He was breathing into them, making it possible for them to become what He had called them to be.
When the resurrected Messiah appeared to His disciples, John’s Gospel records that “He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (John 20:21-22). It seems that when Messiah breathed on them that He breathed into them, as well, enabling them to fulfill His purpose for their lives.
Likewise, we need Him to breathe on us and into us; we need to be filled with His Spirit that we may be empowered to fulfill our purpose for the Kingdom. And if we are going to be filled with His Presence, we must be emptied our ourselves. Father, help us to be completely submitted to Your Will that we might be filled.
Blessings and Shalom,