The Transforming Breath of God

The Transforming Breath of God

Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations . . . God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. Genesis 17:5, 15.

So often we become God’s children, long before we allow Him to breathe life into our lives. Our hearts belong to him, but we often resist the changes He wants to make in us.

I think the same thing was true of Abraham and Sarah. They followed God for quite a while before they actually let Him make the changes He wanted. These verses are the outward evidence of the changes God made in them.

The changes God made to their names held great significance. He added an H to both their names. If you say the sound that an H makes, it’s an exhalation of breath. I think this is the evidence that they had allowed God to breathe life into their lives.

God also breathes into our lives. He speaks to us in many ways. We have much more of Him than those in the Bible. We have His Holy Spirit, and we have His Living Word. But the truth is, if we don’t allow what God is giving us to transform us, it’s just head knowledge.

Without transformation, information is just extra baggage.

It is our responsibility to apply the things God speaks into our lives. This realization has caused me to think more about how my life would change, if I allowed Him to breath life into my current circumstances? Definitely something to ponder. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Edie Melson About Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker— is the author of numerous books. She’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world in person and on the web. Connect with her on and on Twitter.


  1. I’ve never heard this take on the changing of their names, but I love it. Thanks for sharing this, Edie.

  2. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    I never thought of it this way, Edie. I like to think that when we write & post these devotions, that’s rather what we do, speak out what God has given us & pray that God breathes life into our words. I appreciate your viewpoint on this.

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