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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 soul. 

Genesis 2:7

Let your mind walk with me. We are walking past newly created trees in their freshness and beauty. The air, the birds, the creatures, and the verdant grass fill us with awe and mute our conversation. So our senses converse with the environment while we follow the Glorious indefatigable Creator on His jaunts. Presently, He silently bends down while His hands work the pliable earth near His shining feet. Soon enough, a handsome human image lies at His feet. He bends over that piece of earth, His lips over its face. Right away, the human figure changes colour and shifts. God had performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on him. Now he was a living being. You and I know that God will do the same to create the woman in a couple of hours.

Both of our ancestors needed their noses to become living souls in the scenes above. Genesis 2:7 insists that God breathed into his nostrils before he became a living soul. Without a working nose, he could not. Indeed no one in history has existed without a functional nose!

Our noses are that important. Yet often, we hardly notice their importance to our living today. If you are reading this, it means your nose is still working. Much like our other organs, it is silent and faithful. We take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, rain or shine, from the get-go. God made it that way. Man can survive only a couple of minutes without air. After some minutes without air, our systems begin to fail. In 2019, Richard Gray wrote, “Without oxygen, the human body can only survive for a few minutes before the biological processes that power its cells begin to fail. The electrical signals that power the neurons in the brain decrease and eventually stop altogether.[1]

God keeps you alive! He, moment by moment, provides oxygen to keep you living. Genesis 7:21 and 22 assure us that God can stop this if He wants to. You can continue being who and what you are and doing what you do as long as God keeps doing what He has to. He has to ensure there is oxygen and your nose is still working.

There are secondary smokers, lactating mothers, certain kinds of nurses, garbage workers, plumbers, etc., who all have to deal with unpleasant smells that discourage you from breathing. However, this cannot be compared to people who often struggle to get a breath of air. People living with Asthma know how it feels not to be able to breathe correctly. Senior citizens know how it feels to be weak because you’re not getting enough air into your lungs. Emphysema patients see the fear of certain death from a compromised respiratory system. COVID 19 is a scourge that ravaged the world from 2019 through 2022. Indeed, it was more tumultuous in some places than others. Coronavirus taught us, among other things, that if our respiration system is compromised, we don’t stand a chance – we would die like rats. And every family on this planet must have felt its evil bear hug.

Your nose is God’s way of saying to you, “Hi there, I AM the One who keeps you alive. Humble yourself and worship before me.” Whenever you ingest air, God is reminding you that He loves to love you. He is the Sovereign God, Ancient of Days, Loving Saviour, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, and your Wonderful Counsellor. Whenever you humble yourself before God, you are nosey-ing heavenward. God be with you.


[1] Source https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190423-the-man-who-ran-out-of-air-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean