Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name? Do you think your name defines you?
I hated my name when I was in school. The only one with the name “Verna” dressed in auburn hair and bone-skinny frame. Try not to stand out! As I got older, I grew into my name and was grateful to be someone who didn’t seem to need a last one.
Besides, it means spring-green. I was born in the spring, and the meaning makes me feel hopeful (and organic). Smile.
Names are of value. They are attached to people. When being introduced, one of the first things we want to know about someone is their name. Otherwise, they may remain just an acquaintance.
In ancient times, names were important because they expressed the character of the person. Names were sometimes symbols of how God changed the lives of people, in the example of Abram to Abraham.
God gave me a new name even though it’s spelled like the old one. . . .
The Hebrew names of God demonstrate His attributes. Years ago I studied a book by Kay Arthur, Lord I Want to Know You, it was then that I discovered the powerful meaning revealed in each name that held the answer to every situation in life.
This year I intend to focus on one name a month and camp in His character. There are many other names of Jehovah God, but I have chosen only one a month, a dozen to dwell upon. Please join me in getting close to these twelve hallowed descriptions in knowing Him in the secret chamber.
God’s name is like His signature securing a promise.
Although, at times we may find it hard to believe about ourselves, we are His handiwork created for His glory.
El Elyon, the God Most High is the sovereign controller of the universe. He sustains us through every stormy trial on planet earth and is the ruler in heaven. (Genesis 14)
El Roi, the God who sees us, watches over His creation with His holy eye and knows us by name. We need to remind ourselves daily.(Genesis 16)
El Shaddai, reveals His bounty as the nourisher and the almighty. (Genesis 17)
Adonai, our Master and Owner of it all is revealed in Genesis 15.
Jehovah Jireh, our provision in want and in plenty. Genesis 22.
Jehovah Rapha our healer, the only One who can cure a sin sick world. Exodus 15
Jehovah Nissi our banner, the One who fights our battles. Exodus 17
Jehovah Shalom, the God of our peace, told in the story of Gideon. Judges 6:22.
Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts, the army commander to call upon when we sense defeat and lack of strength. 1 Samuel 1
Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd who directs our path and sometimes carries us along the way. Ezekiel 34.
Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there. His personal presence surrounds us when we feel alone or abandoned.
Scripture commands to hallow the name of God. The Greek word means to make holy, the opposite of common.
There is nothing common about the power of peace, provision, healing, and sovereignty provided within every title that can carry us through 24/7 from the beginning to end of our year . . . years.
Those who know Thy name put their trust in Thee. Psalm 9:10