“Really Getting to Know Your God”
I want to invite you to a spiritual feast. You will experience this feast as you take time to study the names of God.
Names are very important. They reveal character traits and ways in which we can experience our God in our lives.
In 2014, Dr. Elmer Towns published a book titled, “The Ultimate Guide to the Names of God.”
I would encourage you to get a copy and work your way through it. As you study the different names for God and what those names mean, I believe you will experience growth in your soul that will enrich your life and relationship with the Father in amazing ways.
Dr. Towns gives the following four reasons why we should study the names of God.
1. God’s names reveal His character, and we gain insight into His nature and we understand more clearly how He wants to work in our lives. Our God, is Creator, Judge, Savior, Sustainer, Protector and Provider. We meet Him in the scriptures in these and many other roles.
2. Another reason for studying the names of God is it helps us to understand the different relationships that we can have with Him.
For example, when Abraham obeyed God and took his son Isaac to Mount Mariah to offer him as a sacrifice, Isaac asked his father, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Gen. 22:7) His father answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.”
(Gen. 22:8) The name that Abraham used for God is “Jehovah-jireh” and it means, “God who provides.” Over the years, “Jehovah-jireh” has provided our family in so many ways. That is why, years ago, I wrote the book, “Jehovah-jireh Is His Name.” I wanted people to see that our God is personal and provides for us in so many different ways.
God wanted Abraham (and us) to enter a deeper and deeper relationship with Him. Many times, God revealed Himself to the patriarch, in a new way, at a point of crisis in his life.
Abraham had known God as “the LORD” or Jehovah and Yahweh (Gen. 13:4). When he tithed to Melchizedek, Abraham learned a new name – El Elyon – “The Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth.” (Gen. 14:18-19)
At one point, Abraham complained to God that he and Sarah did not have an heir for the promised inheritance. The name God used at that point was “Adonia” meaning “Master or Lord.” (Gen. 15:2) God was telling Abraham that the eternal LORD God of heaven would care for him and keep His promises.
Later, Abraham learned that God would nurture and powerfully sustain him. The name God used was El Shaddai. (Gen. 17:1)
Folks, this is just the tip of ways God wants to reveal Himself to us.
3. A third reason for studying the names of God, in this way, is that He reveals that He is the source and solution to our problems.
When Israel fought Amalek, they learned the name of “Jehovah-nissi” which means, “The LORD our Banner.” It was God revealing He would and could protect them.
As each new name for God was revealed, He showed them He would be their source of strength.
Moses learned the name, “Jehovah Rophe”. It comes from the word “rapha, meaning to heal”. Folks, our God is the great physician who brings healing to His people.
(Exodus 15:26) I am alive today because my God chose to heal me.
Gideon learned of God as “Jehovah Shalom”, revealing a God of peace to a young man who was fearful and unsure of himself. (Judges 6:24)
4. The fourth reason studying God’s names is so important is we learn to look to Him in our times of crisis. He is faithful and can be trusted to come to us in our times of crisis. He wants to help us. God allows us to have problems for several reasons.
• Sometimes He is testing us, to see if we will handle problems by faith in Him or in our own strength.
• At other times He allows problems to overwhelm us so that we will turn to Him.
• If we know the names of God, we will be likely to turn to Him, in that way, in times of crisis.
Let me close this meditation by a brief look at the name “Elohim.” It means “Strong Creator” and it appears 31 times in Genesis 1.
God’s creative power is seen in the following ways:
In Genesis 1:4, we read, “God saw.”
In Genesis 1:5, we read, “God called.”
In Genesis 1:7, we read, “God made.”
In Genesis 1:22, we read, “God blessed.”
In Genesis 1:27, we read, “God created Man in His own image.”
Folks, the God I am presenting to you in this meditation is a God who thinks, He feels, and He makes decisions. He is personal and He cares for you.
I hope you will look up all the references in this article and meditate on them and the God who is revealed. Get to know Him in these ways.
For His Glory,