The Names of God
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
– Genesis 3:14 (NIV)
Let’s examine just a few of our Father, God’s names:
Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord is Peace as seen in Philippians 4:7:
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord who Provides as seen in Genesis 22:8
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord is There as seen in Ezekiel 11:16
“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’
Doesn’t that revolutionize how you read “God” and “Lord” in scripture now?
It’s important for us and our family to always remember that we were created in God’s image (So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27) and just as we express ourselves differently in different circumstances, so too can we call upon the various characteristics of God.
When you are sick, call specifically on the name of Jehovah-Rapha, God our Healer.
When you need guidance for where to go or when a big decision needs to be made, call upon Jehovah-Nissi, God our Banner.
And whenever you need to feel the power and presence of the one and only Holy, Living and Compassionate God, remember “El”, The Mighty One.
The names of God tell us who He is and how He loves us. By beginning to call upon the names of God in our families and communities, we show them what it truly means to draw nearer to God; we demonstrate that not only is He always present but that we can understand ourselves better by embracing and understanding all the characteristics of God.
Dear Heavenly Father, the I am that I am, I praise and worship your majesty. Thank you for being the all-sufficient, all-knowing, omnipresent and loving God who shows up for all at all times. I celebrate your faithfulness. May your love fill my heart, May your name forever be on my lips in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Our Monthly Prayer and Healing Connect Service holds tomorrow Saturday, October 5 by 7 am at The Capstone, 25, McEwen Street, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos