It seems many today struggle maintaining faith. Though most reading this believe in the existence of God, we know the idea we have of God and our response to that idea determine the life we live; in fact, the idea of God to which we subscribe creates our lifestyle. It shapes our attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors. It seals our destiny, eternal punishment or eternal reward. So we must ask the question, who is God? How do we respond to Him? How do we even know He exists? Why do we believe in Him?
Years ago, a friend told me his son asked him, “Dad, who is God?” Taken by surprise, he stammered for a moment and then finally articulated, “Son, I’m not sure.”
“Well, is He invisible?” his son continued.
My friend thought for a moment, trying to find a way to answer his son but was not sure what the best route was. He then told him the story of Moses and the burning bush. Moses actually asked the same question to God. Exodus 3:14, “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
God is telling us He is the true God. He has no beginning and no end. He is saying to Moses, “I am exactly what you need, when you need it.” Funny, some of us can say we know God but when asked, we fumble with a description, just as my friend and Moses did.
There are many Hebrew names for God. Some you may know and some you may not know. The idea that He is everything is hard to grasp in our minds. One name Immanuel means “God with us.” Jehovah Tsidkenu is defined as “The Lord Our righteousness.” Jehovah Shammah – “The Lord is there.” Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord Our Peace.” Jehovah Rophi – “The Lord who Heals you.”
Theologians have written book after book exploring the various names of God and what they mean to us. But what is His name in your heart? Who do you say He is when asked?
Psalm 124:8, “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 116:4, “Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.”
Isaiah 50:10, “…trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.”
There is nothing more embarrassing to me than to forget someone’s name. I know you’ve done it as well. When we know someone, we know their name. It is the difference between an acquaintance and a friend. If someone were to ask Connie, “Tell me about your husband. Who is he?” I would hope she would not only know my name but would be able to tell him or her a great deal about me.
Who is God to you?
The only way to answer that question truthfully is through a relationship with Him. Today, determine how you know God. What does His name mean to you?