Welcome! This is part two in my eight week children’s devotional series Understanding Who You Are. Feel free to comment your thoughts below and share if you know someone who could use this!
Here are the eight weeks:
- What Are You Made Of?
- How Did God Make You?
- Who Are You?
- Why Did God Make You?
- Why Do We Do Wrong Things?
- Is Sin Part Of God’s Plan?
- How Can You Be Made New?
- What Is Your Purpose?
Do you remember what we talked about last week? What is the one thing that quantum physics tells us the whole universe is made of?
Light energy, called “quanta.”
And in Genesis, we read that the very first act God performed in his creation of the world was the creation of light! This means that God created light, separated it from the darkness, and used light to create the universe. The earth is created out of light energy. And your body, made from the earth, is created out of light energy.
But this is only half of the story.
How Did God Make You?
After God created you out of light, he then “breathed the breath of life” into you.
In Genesis 2:4-7 [NIV], we read:
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 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.
There is something very important to understand here.
In Hebrew, the original language that the Old Testament of the Bible was written in, the word for “breath” and the word for “spirit” are the same word: Pneumos.
So the passage above could either be read:
“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.”
Or it could be read:
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the spirit of life, and the man became a living being.”
What does this passage tell us about who and what you are?
There is more to you than your physical body. You, yourself, are not your physical body. Your body is formed of light, and it is a beautiful, glorious reflection of God, but you did not become a living being until God breathed spirit, or breath, into you.
So where did the “real you” come from? It came from God’s breath! God breathed YOU into your body!
The real YOU came from God’s breath – from his own spirit! Your breath is God’s breath. Your spirit was created from God’s spirit.
This means that God is your source. He opened his mouth and breathed, and there you were!
But Wait! There’s More!
In Genesis 1:3 (NIV) we read, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’”
What do we learn in this passage about how God created the universe?
He spoke. And when you speak, what happens with your breath? Try it right now. Say something out loud and see what your breath does.
In order to speak, you have to breath out! When your breath passes over your vocal chords, sound is created.
Maybe you have learned about sound in science. If so, you know that sound is vibration, and vibration is energy.
Last week we learned how quantum physics says the universe is all made up of energy – light energy. Now here’s another fact that will blow your mind.
This light energy, or quanta, that the universe is made of, is all vibrating at different frequencies, or tones. Different tones of sound, when heard one after another, create music!
If you have a musical instrument, take a break here and try this for yourself. Play the notes on a piano or strum the strings of a guitar. Can you hear the vibrations? Each tone has its own vibration. This is what our universe is like. Scientists tell us that each atom, each molecule, each cell in your body, each person, each planet, and each galaxy has its own tone or vibration.
This means, to put it simply, that the whole universe is one great big song. It’s the song of God, as he creates us by breathing us out!
Psalm 66:4 [NLT] says, “Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.”
Psalm 19:1 [NLT] says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Psalm 100:1 [NIV] says, “Shout for joy, to the Lord, all the earth.”
A well-known physicist by the name of Don Lincoln says that the universe is literally one giant song:
“Everything—and I mean everything—is just a consequence of many infinitely-large [energy] fields vibrating. The entire universe is made of [energy] fields playing a vast, subatomic symphony. Physicists are trying to understand the melody.”
Howard Storm, a pastor who died and had the privilege of seeing Jesus before he was brought back to life, was given a glimpse into how the universe works. He describes it this way:
It was explained to me [by Jesus] that [the universe] is like a vast orchestra and God is the conductor. Each individual is an instrument with unique qualities. Each soul contributes in their unique way to the symphony of creation…. The universe and all that is in it is the music. We are the songs sung by heaven… The instrument we play is our being perfectly connected to God by the bond of love. [emphasis mine]
Now close your eyes and imagine with me the creation of the world. Picture in your mind a light that is brighter than a million stars all put together. That’s really hard to do, because we’ve never seen anything that bright in this world, so just do your best.
That light is the glory of God. That glorious brilliant light is our source. It is what the whole universe is made of.
Now God doesn’t have a body like we do, but just imagine for a moment that he has a mouth. Watch as God opens his mouth and speaks. He sings “let there be light,” And as he sings these words, he breathes out to make the sound of the words. He breathes out some of his brilliant, glorious, holy light, and that light – his breath – his spoken word – was formed into the elements of the physical universe. It was formed into your body. And then it was breathed into your body to form the real you – your spirit.
And all of creation – the earth, the planets, the stars, the birds, the animals, the trees, the moon, the ocean waves, the mountain streams, men, women, and children – each one, vibrating with the pure and holy energy of divine light, is a note in the song that God is singing. The whole universe is a song breathed out of the glory of God.
So how did God make you?
He opened his mouth and breathed you out.
That’s right, he sang you into existence.
God is singing, and the universe is his song. This is what the Bible and science both tell us. You are a beautiful, irreplaceable, part of his perfect, cosmic song.
- Sing your favorite song. It could be one you know well, or you can make up a new one. As you sing, imagine that your words are creating what you are singing about. What would you create? Think about God, and the power that his words have to create simply by speaking.
- Discussion Question:
As beings created in the image of God, our words have creative power. We will learn more about how our words influence our world in a future lesson. For now, think about the kind of music you listen to. If the words being sung have power, what kind of a world are we creating with the music we listen to? Can you think of a song with positive words? How about a song with negative words? How could you influence the energy of your living space by the music you choose?
- Imagine yourself as part of Gods song. What part of the song do you think you are? What words do you think God uses to describe you in his song? Now think about the people around you who are “listening” to you? What kind of world are you creating for them as they listen to the music of your life? As you go about your week, try to create beautiful music for people to listen to by
- Saying kind words to those around you
- Sharing what you have with others
- Smiling at a stranger
- Writing someone a note or drawing a picture to brighten their day
- Letting someone else go first
- Giving someone else the best (biggest cookie or favorite toy)
- Asking someone how they are doing and really listening to their response
- Record your experiences. What did you learn about words and how they create? What kind of music did you make this week? How does it make you feel to know that you are part of God’s song? Write it down, draw a picture of it, or record yourself talking about it.
- Genesis 2:7 [NLT]: “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.”
- Psalm 66:4 [NLT]: “Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.”
- Psalm 19:1 [NLT]: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
- Psalm 100:1 [NIV]: “Shout for joy, to the Lord, all the earth.”