We OWE our LIVES & EXISTENCE to GOD ALMIGHTY
June 3 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 31-33
"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." (Job 33:4)
The above statement has been spoken by Elihu who was sitting in the sidelines listening to the entire conversation that Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were having with Job. Elihu had waited patiently until these three men had totally exhausted their reasons as to why Job had all these unfortunate events happen to him all of a sudden (32:4–5). It appears that Elihu was hoping that these three older people would be wiser and more knowledgeable because of their age and experience. However, it soon became clear that they lacked convincing arguments to stand their ground against the superior logic of Job. It is at this time that Elihu offered his own perspective, both passionately and eloquently (32:5 – 37:24).
Elihu was much more empathetic than the other three people as he suggested respectfully that Job was being disciplined and refined for his greater good and also to be a life lesson for others. It is remarkable to observe that God did not reproach Elihu like He did to Job’s three other friends (42:7–9). This may be because Elihu had put himself in the shoes of Job and had attempted to apply abstract theological concepts for real, live situations in a sensitive and compassionate manner. On the other hand, Elihu had also made some profound statements that are worth analyzing for our life lessons as well.
While Elihu argued that God has a higher purpose in Job’s suffering in order to discipline him from doing wrong (33:8), one of the profound statements that Elihu made is as follows: "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life" (33:4). What Elihu is stating here is that the Spirit of God has created him out of clay, and has given him life. This is a truth statement that dates back to the creation of Adam by God: "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 being" (Gen. 2:7). "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Gen. 1:27)
Not only did God create man in His own image, God gave life to man as well. We now exist because “the breath of the Almighty gives us life” (Job 33:4). From our first breath taken during the time that we were born as we were extracted from our mother’s womb, even to our last dying breath, we are in God’s care. God had fashioned our days even before we existed even as the Psalmist declares: "Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them" (Psalms 139:16).
Let us also understand that we are blessed when we die in the Lord, as Apostle John says in the book of Revelation: “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Rev. 14:13). "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Ps. 116:15). Though we may not know how many breaths we have now left, we can rest in the assurance that God knows, and He will always work out everything together for our good (Rom. 8:28). We owe our very life and existence to God Almighty!