“If he set his heart upon man, if he (God) gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.” Job 34:14-15
In a recent poll conducted by a major survey group, only 27% of Canadians in their early 20’s and 61% of those 75 or older said they strongly believed in God. In our province only 28% said they strongly believed in God. I guess we should not e surprised by these findings considering the direction our country has been going in the last few years.
When Job was going through his period of testing, he questioned a lot of things, but He did not question His faith in God. When his friends came against him with all kinds of accusations and blame, he maintained that He knew His Redeemer lived and that one day he would live again. In Chapter 23, verse 14 he says:
“So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny” NLT
When it came Elihu’s chance to talk to Job, I like his statement in chapter 34:14-15:
“If God were to take back His spirit and withdraw His breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.” NLT.
When God created man in the beginning of time, the Scripture tells us that He breathed into men’s nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. We rely on God for the very breath that we breathe. People may say they don’t believe in God but every breath that they take in is a testimony of God and His sovereignty.
Just imagine what would happen if God looked down upon all the wickedness and evil in this world, and decided it was time to take His breath back. What a disaster that would be for all life would cease to exist. It is only because He is so long-suffering and patient that He hasn’t come to this decision a long time ago.
Thank God for the natural breath that He gives us every day, and for His Holy Spirit that dwells within us, blessing us with spiritual life.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the breath that I breathe, and for all the blessings that are mine because you are Almighty God.
Devotion by Anne Johnston