Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Proverbs 18:10 What's in a name? Part 3

Yesterday we looked at the names of God that describe His might and power - the names that assured us that our God is able. Today we will look at some of His names that reveal His heart toward us. 

Jehovan-Jireh means “The LORD Will Provide.” This is the name Abraham used when the LORD stopped him from sacrificing Isaac. God Himself provided that day the sacrifice He required. This is what He did through Christ on our behalf. He has provided the way of salvation - and He has provided every spiritual blessing to all who believe in the finished work of Christ. Will He not provide everything you need?

Jehovah-Rapha is “The LORD who Heals.” He not only heals us spiritually, but He also heals our bodies. Is this your need? Does your spirit need healing of past hurts? Are you struggling with a long-term illness? We have a God who heals!

Jehovah-Shalom signifies “The LORD Our Peace.” We were reminded this past weekend, at our Women’s Retreat, that Jesus offers us peace and rest like no other:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Don’t we all long for this peace and rest? It is ours in Christ! Paul reminds us of this precious gift of God:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

El Roi is “The God Who Sees.” This is the name Hagar gave Him when she and Ishmael had been cast out by Sarah and were alone and despairing. God came to her in her distress and showed her that He saw her pain and cared. Are you feeling alone - as if no one has a clue about what you are going through? Have you been mistreated or cast out or abandoned? Be assured that God sees you! He knows where you are and what you are feeling. He is there for you!

There are many other names for God. The last one I’ll share is Jehovah-Rohi, “The LORD our Shepherd.” Is there a better image? Jesus claimed to be the Good Shepherd - the One who would lead us, protect us, discipline us, and give us abundant life. He is the one who laid down His life for the sheep! (John 10)

Don’t doubt that our Almighty God is both able and willing to work on your behalf. This is the God we can trust!

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

    the righteous man runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

For a special treat click here to see an amazing video on the names of God. Enjoy!

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