Your Morning Coffee 02/09/2023
Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father gently keep us humble in His presence. Father my rebellious heart and my fallen flesh cry out against you, against your will. I need your help to remain humble in your presence. You are so gracious with us. You are so patient and kind. But you also want us to grow up! Work with us, Father. Guide us in how to deny ourselves and follow after your Son. In Jesus's name and by the Spirit's guiding, help us to give you credit where credit is due. In all good things. Thank you for everything you give us and allow us to keep for a time. Even the very breath in our lungs. Amen.
Your Morning Song: "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons and Daughters
Your Morning Scripture: Genesis 2:7
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.
When we breathe, in and out, our breath is a gift from God from the beginning. Our breath is grace. Even when God told Adam that to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would bring instant death, still there was grace. Adam and Eve ate anyway, and they continued to breathe.
Just as we do not deserve the salvation that Jesus has given to us by grace through faith in Him, so too do we not deserve anything, especially our very breath. If you're a more tactile person, a more hands on sort, take a deep breath, in and out. There was a time on this earth when no human had yet breathed. And then, God breathed into Adam.
All this sounds a bit overly dramatic, doesn't it? But there is a very practical result to reminding ourselves of where our very breath comes from, and who continues to graciously keep us breathing.
If we credit God in our heart and mind with giving us our breath, it is hard to be arrogant. The more persistent we are in thanking God for everything He gives us, like our breath, the harder it is for pride to build up inside of us.
What could we thank God for that would help to keep us humble before Him? Breath? Spouse? Children? Food? House? Car? Clothes? What do we have that God has not given us? And what we have, with each moment He is allowing us to keep.
Our blessings from God are countless. But by counting them and thanking Him for the ways in which He has loved us, we confess that He is God, and we are not. May we be a people who count our blessings, even unto our very breath.