My Mother-In-law is turning 91 years old. She is doing well for her age, but last year she started having fainting spells. She would become short of breath, dizzy, lightheaded, confused, and her legs would become wobbly. Whenever this happened, we would call the ambulance and they would take her to the hospital. She was often released the next day. After this experience repeated several times, my wife noticed that her mother would immediately start feeling better when the EMTs gave her oxygen. Finally, her doctor agreed to have an oxygen machine for her to use in our home. The results have been fantastic. She uses the machine when she sleeps at night and wakes up the next morning feeling refreshed. If she overdoes it a little during the day, we just turn on the oxygen machine and she perks up right away. The first clue that she is low on oxygen is always when she gets wobbly and her legs start to buckle.
I agree with those insurance commercials that announce, “Life comes at you fast!” Family problems, cars and appliances breaking down, new challenges at work, health concerns, the economy, scary news on TV every day, and the list is never ending of the speed balls life throws at you. It’s true; “When it rains it pours.” Problems never come one at a time and in manageable doses. They tend to all pounce on you at the same time (just ask Job). Before long we start feeling a bit wobbly. As troubles start piling up, emotionally and even spiritually, we feel short of breath, dizzy, lightheaded, confused, and ready to faint. The Bible speaks often of people becoming faint-hearted and faint-minded. When this happens, we are in desperate need of some spiritual oxygen.
In the second chapter of the Bible we read, “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” (Gen 2:7 KJV). Job declared, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4 NKJV). The Hebrew word “ruach” is used almost 400 times in the Old Testament. It means “breath of life.” The Greek word used in the New Testament is “pneuma.” It has the same meaning. Jesus used this word when he explained to Nicodemus what it meant to be born again. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit (pneuma) is spirit (pneuma). Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind (pneuma) blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit (pneuma)” (Jn 3:6-8 NKJV). The same word is used interchangeably for “Spirit” and “wind.” Later, Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22). The breath of life is the Spirit of God. I still love the worship song BREATHE written by Marie Barnett in 1995. The lyrics so beautifully describe our need for the breath of God. “This is the air I breathe, your holy presence living in me. And I’m desperate for you, I’m lost without you.” That is exactly how much we need the Holy Spirit every day. Wanna hear the song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEDcKZB7r2A
The only way we can keep from becoming faint-hearted in this crazy life is to welcome the Holy Spirit every day and allow Him to breath strength into us. “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV). “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor 4:16 NKJV). “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees” (Heb 12:12 NKJV).
Feeling a bit wobbly? Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you. He also wants to guide, comfort, and teach you, reveal the truth of the scriptures to you, help you pray effectively, and empower you to resist temptation. Jesus promised us, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn 14:16,18,26, 27 NKJV).