“Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” —Ezekiel 37:9
There have been seasons of my life when I was trying to get fit, so I would go to the gym and work with a trainer. Do you know what the trainer said to me most often? “Don’t forget to breathe.”
It’s essential for us to breathe while we exercise so our muscles get the oxygen they need in order to provide us the energy and power to keep going.
In Ezekiel 37, God had told Ezekiel to preach His Word to a valley full of dry bones and watch Him bring them to life. Now God gave Ezekiel another instruction: to call to His Spirit to come breathe on these lifeless skeletons.
If those bones were going to live, they had to have the breath and the Spirit of God. We do, too. Just as we are dependent on breathing to keep us going during exercise, we are utterly dependent on the breath of God to keep going in our spiritual lives. Apart from Him, we have no life.
Make it Personal
How can you remind yourself to “keep breathing” and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to help you throughout the day?