Isaiah 40:7 “The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.”
How is the memorization going?! I am speaking to myself here too. Don’t get discouraged; one verse a day and keep reviewing them. If you are just joining us, or need a review, click here (and scroll down past the series button) for some practical, easy tips to help you memorize scripture.
What sticks out to me in verse 7 is “the breath of the LORD”. Stop for a moment and really think about that phrase.
In Psalm 33:6 it says, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. If you haven’t listened to Louie Giglio’s message entitled, How Great is Our God, you really should. He talks about this verse and the amazing ramifications it has.
And in Isaiah 42:5 we read, “Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk in it” (emphasis added).
Isn’t it awesome how these chapters and verses in Isaiah keep intertwining?
Check out Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Without His breath we cannot live! When was the last time we thanked God for breath? For this breath, that should be a constant reminder that He is here and present and all-powerful. He is so powerful, yet so personal too.
Psalm 139:13-16 “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day”
In light of Alyssa’s post yesterday and the verse today, I thought this video of “Who Am I?” would be fitting. This song was played at Sean’s funeral (the teenager who died recently in our community) and the words really hit home in regards to the frailty of life and how God is the one who gives breath and ordains our days.
1. Memorize Isaiah 40:7
2. Take a few minutes and thank God for giving you breath; life, this opportunity to know Him and make Him known during this time on earth.
3. Go for a walk today; feel the wind, breathe in the air, deeply- think about this verse and how great He really is.