"Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

When Moses asked what God’s name was He responded, “Yahweh”. In the original Hebrew, it didn’t have vowels; those were inserted later during translation. It was just “YHWH.” Translated from the original Hebrew, it means “I Am” and is recognized as the most intimate name for God.

If you take the original spelling—YHWH—separate it and make those sounds by themselves, it sounds like breathing. Try it out: YH as you inhale and WH as you exhale. God is literally the breath that keeps us alive. Genesis 2:7 tells us that He breathed the breath of life into Adam. That breath is carried on in each one of us. When we were born, the first thing we did was gasp for air, and the last thing that will leave us before death is that same breath.

Every moment of our day, we are breathing. We breathe quicker when we are excited or scared, and we breathe long and slow when we are trying to relax. When we are tired, we take a deep breath in the form of a yawn to re-energize ourselves. Take a moment to meditate on the fact that God is literally the breath in our lungs.

Each breath is a gift. A gift from God, the most intimate part of Him.

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