In times of insecurities, uncertainties and fast changes, we need something as unchanging and secure as the NAME of the LORD, to build our faith, dreams and hopes on.
What does the NAME of the Lord really mean?
The NAME of the Lord entails His CHARACTER or NATURE. A person’s character means their characteristics or distinguishing features. It is a combination of how a person thinks and acts.
There is a very interesting discourse between the man of God, Moses and God in Exodus, which gives us an insight into the meaning of the NAME; CHARACTER or NATURE of the Lord.
When Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory, here is what God told him, “I will make all My GOODNESS pass before you, and I will proclaim the NAME of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19)
The Lord continued to tell Moses that you can’t see My face and live, Moses. “So it shall be, while My GLORY passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by” (verse 22)
What I am trying to bring out here is this: Moses asked to see God’s GLORY. God then tells Moses that “I will make all My GOODNESS pass before you…” and “while My GLORY passes by…”
What does this tell you?
God’s GLORY is His GOODNESS; His NATURE.
Then came the D-Day, when the Lord would proclaim His NAME before Moses. And we are told, “Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the NAME of the LORD, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty…” ” (Exodus 34:5-7)
Let’s remember that the NAME of the LORD is His NATURE or His CHARACTER. God Himself tells Moses, that He is merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands , forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, just and righteous. This is the NAME of the LORD; His NATURE; His CHARACTER. And it’s summed up in this one word, GOODNESS!
To know the NAME of the Lord is to know His GOODNESS. And in this sacred knowledge, the understanding of the NAME or NATURE of the Lord, is the SECURITY of the righteous. To believe God’s infinite LOVE for you is to be safe in a world riddled with fears.
In Proverbs 18:10, we see the wise king, Solomon made a very insightful statement about the NAME of the Lord. He said, “The NAME of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is SAFE.”
Our SAFETY in this world, and even in the world that’s to come, lies in our understanding the NAME of the LORD; His NATURE or CHARACTER.
In the ninety first Psalm, the LORD said this about the person who knows His NAME:
“…I WILL SET HIM ON HIGH, because he KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS MY NAME [HAS A PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF MY MERCY, LOVE, and KINDNESS—trusts and relies on Me, KNOWING I WILL NEVER FORSAKE HIM, NO, NEVER]. (verse 14)
The NAME; NATURE or CHARACTER of the LORD is a FORTRESS, a ROCK of DEFENSE against every form of evil in this world. And we, the righteous, run into it, through our personal knowledge and faith in His NATURE, and find SAFETY. In fast changing times, He remains the same. And His unchanging NATURE provides us with a formidable fortress. In times of insecurities and uncertainties, His LOVING-KINDNESS remains a place of safety.
Face this week, knowing that God will never forsake you nor abandon you in the face of any danger or challenge.
A friendly reminder!
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