I have this habit of falling in love with words, especially with words from the Word. Today the sentence I say over and over again is from Psalm 32: I live and breathe God” (Psalm 34:2, MSG,*). I want to live and breathe God. What does it mean?
This sounds like a very intimate way of living, doesn’t it? For sure, it’s not a long-distance relationship if we live and breath God. It’s an ongoing, all-in kind of relationship.
Another verse from Acts draws my attention: ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28, NIV). Our relationship with God is not only to be intimate but it is also absolutely necessary for our existence. God is the giver of life, every breath we take comes from him. He gives us everything we need, starting from the breath of Life. But without him we also miss our true identity and purpose in life. God is everything we ultimately need.
These two verses show us how to relate to God. We are not the center of the universe, God is. Living in ourselves is not real living but living in God is. We are to live and breathe God. We are to live in him. Hence faith is dwelling, spending time with God. It’s about having an intimate relationship with Jesus. And it’s about finding ourselves in him.
This might sound scary, losing ourselves this way. But we will never be short-changed. God always gives us more. That’s why I think to live and breathe God is the best thing ever. A blessed existence for sure. How wonderful is that. I am all in. How about you?
Thank you for providing us everything we ever need.
You invite all of us to live and breathe you,
how wonderful is that.
We don’t deserve your love and care
yet you want to give us grace upon grace.
We thank you and run to you.
There’s nothing better than living and breathing you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you know how to live and breathe God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in God!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].