What’s in a name? (1)
Names often have meanings. Throughout the Bible, we’re told what people’s names mean and why they were called that particular name. And it’s the same with the names of God. Each name has a meaning and can reveal a different aspect of His character. The Israelites called God Jehovah, a name they regarded as incommunicable and incomprehensible. The name means the ‘self-existing One,’ and the ‘I Am.’ He was the Creator of all things; an awesome and unknowable supreme being. But God desired to be known in a personal way. So He added to the name Jehovah five revealing titles – to help us better understand and relate to Him. Let’s look at each. Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord will see, the Lord will provide. Abraham was about to sacrifice his son when God provided a lamb for the offering in Isaac’s place. In response, Abraham called Him Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who sees and provides. And it doesn’t just apply to Abraham. The New Testament says that God sees our needs and provides answers. Jesus said: ‘Don’t worry and say, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well’ (Matthew 6:31-33 NCV). We might wonder why we don’t have everything we want. God doesn’t provide all the things we want, He provides the things we need. And He knows what we need better than we do. So instead of worrying and striving, let’s remember that God is Jehovah-Jireh – the One who provides for all our needs.
Grab a piece of paper and write Jehovah-Jireh in the middle. Around it, write down all the things God’s provided you with. Then spend time thanking Him for each one.