Nicknames are often descriptive of some noticeable aspect of a person’s character or physical attributes. Growing up, my elementary school friends brutally called me “liver lips” since at that stage of development my lips seemed disproportionately large. Needless to say, I have always been glad that the name didn’t stick.
Unlike my nickname, I love the names of God that describe His magnificent characteristics. God is so wonderfully multifaceted that He has many names that communicate His capabilities and character. To name just a few, He is:
- Elohim, the God above all gods
- Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides
- El-Shaddai, the almighty God
- Jehovah Rapha, the healer God
- Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace
- Jehovah Shamma, our God who is present
- Jehovah Yahweh, our loving, covenant-keeping God
It’s no wonder the writer of Proverbs encourages us to remember that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower,” that in times of need, God-fearing people run to it and “are safe” (Proverbs 18:10). When unwelcome circumstances threaten you and you feel vulnerable, reflect on one of God’s names. Be assured – He will be faithful to His name. – Joe Stowell
Lord, remind us that Your names reveal Your character. Help us to remember them in our times of need and distress. Thank You for the assurance that You are faithful to Your name.
God’s names, which describe His character, can bring comfort when we need it most.
- July 12, Vol. 22, Our Daily Bread