Abiding in Christ.
I have been noticing that abiding is much harder than I first imagined. Keeping my eyes on God 24/7 feels impossible. How can I give up everything for Him? And...why would I choose to do that?
Then I realized something.
If we truly knew Who God is, we wouldn't think twice about placing our lives completely into His hands. The problem is...we don't know Who He is. It's beyond our imagination. Our brains are complex and amazing, but this is bigger than we can comprehend.
"In the beginning, GOD..."
Four words. But those four words changed the universe. God has been here from the beginning. Actually, He was here before the beginning. He is eternal. Infinite. Sovereign.
We can't fit Him into a box, try as we might. But if we want to truly abide in Christ, shouldn't we at least know who He is? Shouldn't we be familiar with His personality, His characteristics, His Names?
A name is important. By it we can remember people, animals, things. But a name also holds deeper meaning that (quite often!) describes what that person is like.
We need to know God's Names if we want to get to know Him. Thus, I sat down and wrote a list of every Name of God that I could think of. I referenced my Bible for help. I used my index. I looked at charts. And I know that I still missed plenty! Even so, perhaps this list of some of the Names of God will allow you to realize a little better Who He is. Perhaps you will get a better picture of how awesome, how loving, and how wise He is. I encourage you to make your own list...and pray through it. How do these aspects of God apply to me? Take them, one at a time, and soak in the goodness of God. He truly is beyond our imagination.
I know this is long...God has many Names! (and now that I found an online list, I can see dozens more that I didn't find in my first search!) But if you truly want to know Who He is, take some time and thank Him. Thank Him for being our Savior, our Redeemer, our Father, our Teacher...our Friend...
God. The Supreme Bring; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite Spirit; the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe. (Noah Webster dictionary)
Psalm 90:2, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
Isaiah 26:4, "Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength."
Yahweh - Jehovah. "The existing One" (it is said that many religious Jews would not even pronounce this Name because it was so holy. So powerful. They esteemed it that highly. Wow...what an example. And we have the audacity to utter His name in vain?!)
I AM. Exodus 3:14-15, "And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'""
Shield, Horn of my Salvation, Stronghold, Refuge, and Savior. 2 Samuel 22:3, "The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence."
Maker. Job 4:17, "Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker?"
Redeemer. Job 19:25, "For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth;"
Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17, "I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High."
Father to the Fatherless and the Defender of Widows. Psalm 68:5, "A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation."
Holy One of Israel. Psalm 71:22, "Also with the lute I will praise You — And Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel."
Judge. Psalm 75:7, "But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another."
Teacher. Isaiah 2:3, "Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6, "...And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Creator. Isaiah 40:28, "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable."
The Mighty One of Jacob. Isaiah 60:16, "...You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
Potter. Isaiah 64:8, "But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand."
Immanuel. Matthew 1:23, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son, and they shall call His name 'Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us.'"
The Christ and the Son of God. Matthew 16:16, "Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'"
Son of Man. Matthew 18:11, "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost."
Servant. Matthew 20:28, "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Jesus, the King of the Jews. Matthew 27:11, "Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, 'Are You the King of the Jews?' Jesus said to him, 'It is as you say.'"
Prophet of the Highest and the Dayspring. Luke 1:76-78, "'And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;"
Word of God. John 1:1-2, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."
Messiah. John 1:41, "He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which is translated, the Christ)."
Bread of Life. John 6:35, "And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
Light of the World. John 8:12, "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'"
Door of the Sheep. John 10:7, "Then Jesus said to them again, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.'"
Good Shepherd. John 10:11, "'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.'"
Resurrection and the Life. John 11:25, "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.'"
The Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"
Our Helper and the Holy Spirit. John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
Vine. John 15:5, "'I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.'"
Our Father. Ephesians 4:6, "...one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Author of Eternal Salvation. Hebrews 5:9, "And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him."
Love. 1 John 4:8, "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."
Lord of lords and King of kings. Revelation 17:14, "...for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."
Faithful and True. Revelation 19:11, "Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True..."
Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Revelation 22:13 "'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."'
The Root and the Offspring of David and the Bright and Morning Star. Revelation 22:16, "'I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.'"
Can you share other Names of God that I failed to put on this list? Which Name stands out the most to you in this time of life? Why do you think God has so many names? Comment below!