God’s Character Revealed
It is Friday, and I am back …. we are on the Trust Train Excursion… Exploring the names of God again today! Welcome! and Thank You for coming back to see where we go! Yesterday’s post focused on a single name of God: Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides, or my provider. I shared one instance of God’s provision in my life. That experience was such an eye opener for me, a tangible way that God revealed not only Himself to me, but how much He cares. I hope it spurred you to recall some ways He has met needs in your life. Perhaps the Holy Spirit brought to mind an impossible situation that became possible, but you had not seen it in light of God’s provision for you…
But let’s get this train out of the depot and move ahead! We don’t have all day! Or do we?
Who Is He?
Who is He, this God that we talk about? We have established in previous posts that His character is revealed in His names. Two of the names we have explored are EL Elohim (Hebrew, the strong one, the God above all gods) and Jehovah Jireh (translation of the Hebrew YHWH-Yireh into English, The Lord who provides, or my provider). http://biblestudytools.com
I know, I know … I have mixed up my Hebrew and English. I apologize, but I am not a Biblical scholar. I am just a gal who loves the Lord and is fascinated by who He is and how He works in my life and in the lives of others. So forgive me, and humor me, and let’s see where we land.
Many of the names of God begin with the title “Jehovah.” Jehovah is the English translation of the very personal name of God, YHWY (pronounced Yahweh). This was such a sacred name that the Israelites did not dare even speak it! Yahweh is also translate I AM THAT I AM, referring to the the fact that God has always been, that He was not created, that He is “self-existing”. http://lfw.org/names-of-god
Isn’t is s beautiful thing that on this side of the cross and the Resurrection, we have the privilege of calling out to God using his very personal names?!?
God is, has been, and will continue to be, my Jehovah Jireh… This name was used by Abraham on Mount Moriah when he was about to sacrifice Isaac … God provided the ram for Abraham’s sacrifice. God saw Abraham’s faith, and He provided for the need.
Jehovah Rapha is another of my favorite names. This name is translated The Lord Who Heals.
Who of us doesn’t need healing? We often call upon God to heal in a physical sense. Have you ever considered this name or attribute of God as it pertains to other areas of your life? For example, have you ever called upon Him for healing of emotional hurts or broken relationships? How about spiritual healing? Is there a brokenness in your spirit that He needs to heal?
When it comes to healing, I do not have the answers. I do know that Jesus healed people, and that He said His followers would do even greater things. I work in healthcare and I have seen a lot over the years. For lack of understanding, I will not offer anything other than my own personal thoughts.
- God can and often does heal. I believe He uses a variety of people and methods for healing (doctors, nurses, medicine, treatments, etc.), but I also believe that sometimes He simply reaches down and provides miraculous healing that cannot be explained. This type of healing is meant to glorify Him and to point others to Him. That is our ultimate purpose here on this earth: to point others to Him.
- I have no idea how God chooses when and who to heal. I know that I will continue to pray for healing for people, and that I will trust Him to do what is best in these lives because He has the entire picture – past, present and future. And I will also listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as to how to pray.
- More importantly than physical healing, spiritual healing is where it all begins and ends. If a person is physically healed, but never comes to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, little has been gained. Again, remember that these are my personal opinions. You may think differently… and that is okay. We deal in the physical every day, but the spiritual is eternal… I want to be an instrument in spiritual healing as well.
Jehovah Shalom: The Lord is Peace
A throwback to a previous post, this name has become one of my foundational pillars on which I rest.
My first encounter with the word “Shalom” came in my early 20s. My husband and I were recently married, living deep in the woods down along drive (where we still live today). Our neighbors at the top of the drive were Betty and Mendel Maskewitz, a Jewish couple in their 70s. They were an amazing couple and wonderful neighbors. I wish I had spent more time with them and learned more from them, but when you are in your 20s, you are too busy living life…
Mendel and Betty had a lovely home with a lovely view. They named their home Shalom Vista, peaceful view. I was fascinated. Betty told me that they called our place Shalom Forest… I thought that was lovely. I still cherish that name. I do feel like we live in a peaceful forest. Thus, my introduction to Shalom.
Shalom is now more than just word or concept to me. It is how I want to live. I want to live with an internalized peace. Even when the world about me is chaos, unpredictable and irrational, I want to have an inner peace.
This type of peace only comes through knowing God as Jehovah Shalom. While many articles and posts are addressing the concept of inner peace, without knowing God as the one who is our peace, our attempts at attaining peace will be short lived or fail entirely. While mindfulness and mediation are good methods for being peaceful, true peace only comes through acknowledging Him for who He is, accepting His gift of salvation, then resting in Him, His grace and His mercy.
Tomorrow we will end our excursion on the Trust Train.
Today, think about who God is to you? What name or attribute of God do you most cherish? Ponder His goodness. Rest in His love and care. Spend some time with just Him. Thank Him for His provision, His healing, His peace. Explore the names of God for yourself… there are so many. Just remember the He is EL Elohim: the God above all gods.
Blessings for your Friday.