Majesty Of God's Names

Day 1 of 4 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Like any healthy Christian, you want to know God. You want to really know Him—not just know about Him. And in order to increase your intimacy with God, you've worked to encounter Him in several different ways. You've studied His Word. You've prayed. You've worshiped Him. You've made connections and built relationships with His children as a member of the church. All of these are good and helpful activities.

But let me ask you a simple question: do you know God's Name?

That's not a trick question. As modern Christians, we have many ways of addressing the divine Being we think of as God. We understand Him in terms of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We recognize Him as our Creator. We speak the name of Jesus, and we proclaim Him to be the Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Most of these are titles that certainly do belong to God. However, many Christians today have little knowledge of God's deeper Name—or I should say, His Names.

In Scripture, names often carry a sense of purpose, authority, makeup, and character. In fact, names were often used in the Bible almost as an equivalent to a person or a thing. The name of a thing carried almost as much weight as the thing itself. That's why when Jesus said He had made God's "name known to them, and will make it known" (John 17:26), He was talking about more than just sounds put together in a word. Jesus, having come to earth in the flesh, unveiled God's heart, mind, will, character, and being—all through the revelation of His Name.

Because of God's depth of character, He has a name to reflect His different attributes and capacities for relating to humanity. He has many names and here are just a few:

· Elohim

· Jehova

· El Elyon

· El Shaddai

· Adonai

· Immanuel

· And many more.

What I want you to understand is that God has a name for any and every situation you can find yourself in. I encourage you to get to know the names of God, because it is in knowing His character and His capacity that you will learn to rest and discover peace and power in His covenantal care.

In other words, learn God's Names so that you can truly know Him.

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