Don’t Waste Your Breath
A devotional thought from Christian George for “Submitting to the God Who Speaks”
The average human takes approximately 15 breaths every minute, 900 breaths every hour, 21,000 breaths every day, 7 million breaths every year, and 70 million breaths every decade. If you’re fortunate enough to see your 80th birthday, you will take approximately 560 million breaths in your lifetime.
The Bible tells us that God’s Word is breathed out by God (2 Tim. 3:16) and that it is living (Heb. 4:12). Scripture is alive in the sense that the living, speaking God who “breathed” Scripture into being also breathes life and truth into those who read it. Not one word in God’s Word is wasted.
Job was right, “My life is but a breath” (Job 7:7). David said something similar, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Ps. 144:4). How have you spent your breaths this week? Whom have you encouraged? Uplifted? Criticized? Damaged? God takes breath very seriously—so seriously, in fact, that Jesus warns us, “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak” (Matt. 12:36).
So don’t waste your breath. God is in the breath-redeeming business. Ask Christ to help you apply Ephesians 4:29, “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.”
Pause and Reflect
• Read Job 27:3-4. Make a list of spiritual disciplines that can help train the tongue.
• It is often said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by every moment that takes your breath away.” Reflect on the majesty and authority of God in Psalm 19. How does God “take your breath away” in this passage?