Remember that back during the creation of man, the Bible says that “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).” Man was not alive to God until he had the life of God breathed into Him. After the Fall, the life of God was removed from man and he died to God. Then over the span of the next four thousand years God patiently waited for the time He felt was right to complete His plan of redemption. God promised a child to Abraham and that child became Isaac who was the beginning of the line which led to Jesus Christ. He gave the Law to the Jews to separate them from the surrounding nations. The law was also given to show the Jews and all mankind their need for the grace and mercy of God. “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship (Galatians 4:4-5).” That set time was when Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins and rose from the grave to offer us the life of God. Now that the Holy Spirit is available for mankind to receive, God can now exhale and breathe His life back into whoever accepts Jesus Christ by faith. It is amazing to think that God loves us so much that it seems that He could hardly wait for the opportunity to indwell us again. When you think about it that is exactly the way He originally planned it. He made man so that His life in man is indispensible to man. In other words, we are not fully human without His life indwelling us. Yet, because of sin God waited four thousand years before He could live in us the way He originally intended. That should put things into perspective the next time you take a deep breath in anticipation of something you’ve been waiting for to finally happen. If it were as long as a person could hold their breath, we’d be assured that it will be within 3-5 minutes for a strong person; on average about two minutes… No matter how long that wait may be, it is nowhere near as long as the thousands of years of waiting God had to endure: He held His breath…. for You!