Whose Breath Are You Breathing?
To whom have you told [new] words? Whose breath has gone out from you? Will the dead spirits, who are underneath the water, be stirred, or those who dwell there? (Job 26:4,5 Artscroll Stone Edition Tanach)
Here Job retorts to Bilad (after his third speech in which he belittles Job) by asking him whose breath he speaks with. Certainly, it cannot be God’s, for neither the living nor the dead are stirred by Bilad’s wisdom. In essence, Job is telling Bilad that he is unqualified to judge because he lacks the wisdom and yieldedness to do so. He speaks from the heart of man, not as from God.
The lesson for us today is the same as in ancient times. Man’s wisdom is folly in God’s eyes and lacks the authority needed to change what is wrong with our condition. The power is in God’s breath, not our own. What He says sets creation in motion, what we say is carried away by the winds. The difference is in the spirit that blows the breath, ours or God’s.
Breathing is about creating. It is our breath that ushers forth our thoughts as words, establishing them in this domain and giving them form. Will that form stand? That is the question. If issued from man’s soul and with his wisdom the answer must eventually always be no. If issued from God’s domain and through His breath, as uttered through His faithful servants, then the answer must always eventually be yes.
In a larger sense this begs the question, do you breathe to live or live to breathe? If you simply breathe to live then your breath is bound by the years of your life, and what it establishes will return to dust as you do. Living to breathe, living to create through the power of God’s breath breathed by man, however, establishes His Kingdom on earth and is thus eternal. That is the job description of the believer, to establish Heaven on earth. So …
Whose breath are you breathing?