Have you ever thought about the process breathing? It seems relatively simple; inhale, exhale; inhale, exhale. But it’s actually a very complicated process evolving your diaphragm, hundreds of muscles, your lungs, your heart, and red blood cells. However, the most important thing to remember about taking a breath is that it is essential to life; you can’t live without breathing.
When it comes to living your life with purpose there are three different types of breath: bad breath, good breath, and God breath. When we sin, we’re breathing the bad breath of life, something none of us can escape on our own. The good breath is something we all have experienced as well; we feel like we are on the right side of God because we think we are “good” enough.
However, being “good” will never be “good” enough. Sin separates us from God, and the only way we can ever experience God’s breath is through His Son, Jesus Christ. And this type of breathing is a cause to praise Him with each breath that we take.
Have you breathed the breath of God or are you simply inhaling and exhaling?
Read Psalm 150. What is another reason you should praise God and how can you praise Him this week?
This world can be a dark place many days. News reports of shootings, innocent lives being lost too soon, terrorist attacks, unrest, and struggle are constant reminders that we live in uncertain times. Past hurts cling tightly, our present reality filled with pressures, the future may seem to loom with fear.
Many times we wonder, is finding peace in the midst of all this even possible?
One quote reminds us, “Peace. It doesn't mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
Another says, "No God, no peace. Know God, know peace."
And both are true.
Without knowing the perfect peace and calm assurance of God Himself in this crazy, mixed up world, we will live forever struggling to gain control, always finding ourselves in the inner battle with stress and anxiety. Yet focusing on God’s words can bring life to our souls, no matter what swirls around us on any given day. He is able to bring security, so we're not overcome with fear, or find ourselves sinking down into a pit of worry.
He's the Answer to our place of refuge. We can never fully escape all the mess this world may bring our way. We live in a fallen place. But in the midst of what life deals us, we can remain steadfast, strong.
Often, living a peace-filled life comes down to a choice. Choosing to come to Him, choosing to set our minds on His Word, choosing to trust Him no matter what, choosing to pray in all that we face, choosing not to be anxious, choosing to believe that He's always with us and in control, choosing to set our thoughts on those things that are true and right.
God reminds us in His word that peace will not naturally just come our way, He tells to “seek peace and pursue it,” Ps. 34:14. Some may offer their own advice, “Get away for a few days, relax, be happy, take a vacation, tune out, just don't think about stressful stuff.” But it's only temporary relief in a crazy, struggling world. Vain attempts to cover desperate places of our souls with superficial, external fixes.
But the peace God offers is vastly different. It's lasting. Confident. Real. Breathing deep reassurance in the midst of all that we face – past, present, or future. Rising up against the fear that would seek to choke our lives. Bringing comfort and freedom.