(This is Part 1 of a devotional series titled “Breathe In – Breathe Out”.)
Good morning, peeps!
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest…” – Acts 9:1 KJV
“It’s Your breath ~ in our lungs ~ so we pour out our praise ~ we pour out our praise to You only”- from “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons & Daughters
The above scripture refers to Saul before he had his infamous encounter on Damascus Road. Before God changed his life and name (to Paul), Saul was a persecutor of God’s disciples. He didn’t like ’em. Okay, now that right there is a HUGE understatement. He hated them. He ordered many to be tortured and killed, all because of what they believed and Who they believed in. [Fun fact for ya: when Saul was younger, he was taught by some of the greatest biblical scholars of that time. Like, he went to church and/or seminary. Hmm. We’ll revisit that later.] Look at the part where it says he was “breathing out threatenings and slaughter”. Do something else for me (I’m bossy this morning, aren’t I?): inhale deeply and then exhale (breathe out). How vicious are you if with your every breath – inhale and exhale again – you were spewing out evil? I know you mad, Saul, but EVERY breath? Really, dude?? That’s just straight funky.
Now, before you go find a time machine – SHOTGUN! – to go back and unleash a can of “whoopeth thou taileth” on Saul, you might want to do a quick breath check of your own. Yeah. Whatcha workin’ with, peeps? Genesis 2:7 reads, “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 soul.” Before the Fall of Man, our breath was minty fresh. It came straight from God and all Man did was use it for HIS Glory. And then we fell and ever since then we have used this breath for things that are so far from its original intent. It ain’t sweet anymore and it sure isn’t used only for praise. My question for you today is “what are you using the breath in your lungs for?”. Now, inhale and exhale. Have a great day.