Five Friday Favorites: Names of God
Honey. Mom. Stac. Friend. Ed. Sister. These are a few of the names that I answer to on a regular basis. There are several more. Some are used daily and some are used only on special occasions. Each one is used in specific circumstances or by specific people to denote a certain aspect of my character – what makes me, me.
The same is true for God. As we get to know more and more about Him, we learn different parts of His character. As we learn these, we learn different names to call Him in different situations, what to call out when we have a specific need. Today, as part of the linkup with mrsdisciple.com I want to explore a few of the many names of God.
Here are 5 Names of God and what they mean to me:
1.) El Roi – This name is used in Genesis when Hagar is mistreated by Sarah and runs away. As Hagar takes her son and flees, completely distraught, God comes to her. The name she uses is El Roi, which means “The God who Sees.” I love this name because just like Hagar, there are times when I feel like I am all alone. I feel like my afflictions are completely mine alone to deal with, but they aren’t. I’m not alone. I have a God who sees me. I have a God who sees what is going on with me and knows what I am going through in every detail.
2.) Jehovah Jireh – “God provides” is one of the more known names of God. I find it especially comforting. God knows my need and he provides for each and every one of them. It doesn’t matter what is going on in my life, God will provide.
3.) Adonai – a name that usually denotes the OT name for Jesus. It translates to Lord and Master. It is special for me because you have to know Jesus as Lord before you can really know Him as anything else. You must let Him have complete rule and reign of your life.
4.) El Elyon – God Most High. One of the most majestic names for our God. I love the imagery that this name evokes. I love the perspective that it gives me when I acknowledge my God as Most High. It helps me to know my place and trust Him more and more.
5.) Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is my Banner. When all seems lost and I’m not feeling very victorious I like to think of this name. In battle, each army have their banners that they fly acknowledging their force. When I feel like I am failing, I just need to look at Jehovah Nissi and know that the Lord is my banner and flies over me. He is my victory.
There are many resources to learn about the names of God, first and foremost is just by reading your Bible. Most will have the names of God highlighted or you can get a really great study Bible to help. Also make sure you head over to the linkup at mrsdisciple.com to see what everyone else is saying about the Names of God.