“Stop every day and look at the size of God”, is nugget #38 as it appear in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. With that in mind I’ve decided to have a look at the character of God.
While still here on earth, we will not be able to comprehend everything about God in full. What we do know is that there is no one like God. As the heavens are higher than the earth, God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). No man knows the things of God, but the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11).
So it is best to see what the Spirit of God will reveal about God, which is why we go to the Word of God. Let us have a look at the names of God as they are known to us and see what the Bible says about them, and what it means to us.
The Redemptive Names of God
- Jehovah Shammah
- Jehovah Shalom
- Jehovah Jireh
- Jehovah Nissi
- Jehovah Tsidkenu
- Jehovah Rapha
- Jehovah Raah
Let’s have a look at these names one by one to see what they teach us about God’s character.
Jehovah Shammah means – The Lord is there.
God is always with us. In Matthew 28:20 (NIV) Jesus said “….And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) God says “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”[a]
God never leaves us or forsake us. We are the ones who leave and forsake God.
Jehovah Shalom means – The Lord of our peace.
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) says; “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”.
That means that not only did Jesus go to the cross for our salvation, but also that we could have peace. That is why in John 14:27 (NIV), Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.
Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you”.
The problem is that so many people put their trust in riches, in circumstances, or in lust of other things, but not in God’s Word. When we completely trust in Jesus – the Word – our minds become totally focused on God. When our minds are totally focused on God and His Word, He will keep us in perfect peace.
In the New Testament the words ‘peace’ and ‘rest’ are interchangeable.
In Matthew 11:28 (NIV) Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. But how many times do we cast our cares on the Lord and immediately take them back again. You might be facing a problem at work. You come before the Lord in prayer and you cast the problem on him, standing on 1 Peter 5:7. Yet, as soon as you say amen, you start thinking about what you are going to do about the problem and your stress levels are going through the roof again.
To experience the peace of God; do what Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV) says:” 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.
Jehovah Jireh means – The Lord will provide.
God is our provider. Whenever the Israelites said “Jehovah Jireh”, they were saying, “The Lord will provide”.
As already mention in point 2, many people put their trust in riches, in circumstances, or in lust of other things.
Your job is not your source; God is your source. There is nothing secure about your job or your business. Trusting in the economy of the world, the company you work for might decide to make your position redundant tomorrow. Or your business might not be able to withstand the bad economy.
But God’s economy cannot go bankrupt. Trust in God, because the Lord will provide. God will provide in every need, whether it is for your business, for finances, healing, food…..no matter what the need, God will provide.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV) says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”.
Jehovah Nissi means – The Lord our Victor.
Jesus Christ is no longer on the cross. Neither is He in the grave. He is alive and he is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Mark 16:19).
Colossians 2:15 (NIV) says “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross”.[e]
Jesus made a public spectacle of the devil and his demons. If you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth, you will be saved (Romans 10:4-13) and that same victory belongs to you (Romans 8:17).
Through the Holy Spirit He is also living in and through us. 1 John 4:4 (NIV) says “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”.
Jesus is making intercession for us. In Christ we have His authority and His name – he is our Victor.
Jehovah Tsidkenu means – The Lord our Righteousness.
When we are born again, we are made in right standing with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father. We can say “I am a son/daughter of the living God, I am a joint heir with Jesus Christ according to Romans 8:17”.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) says “God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.
Jehova Rapha means – The Lord that healeth thee.
Healing is just as much part of our salvation as eternal life with God the Father in heaven. Many people think that sickness is just something we have to accept. It even goes as far as people saying “maybe God is trying to teach me something through this sickness”. No, no, no. God is not trying to teach you anything through sickness.
Adam was given dominion over this earth, but he gave that authority to the devil with the fall of man. 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that Satan is the god of this world. In John 10:10 (KJV) Jesus says “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.
Matthew 8:17 (NIV) says “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”[b]
1 Peter 2:24 says “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
This is why it so important to feed our spirit with the Word of God, so that we can know how to respond in an emergency. That is why Proverbs 4:20-23 (NIV) says “20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”.
Jehovah Raah means – The Lord is our Shepherd.
Psalm 23:1 (KJV) says “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”.
The original text as it appears in Hebrew reads “The Lord my Shepherd”. It doesn’t show the word ‘is’. So we cannot separate the shepherd from the Lord or the Lord from the shepherd. The Lord is my Shepherd and my Shepherd is the Lord. We also need to realize in what context this scripture is referring to the Shepard. It is not just a silent, passive, man standing around watching over his herd of sheep (as often portrayed in nativity scenes).
The Shepherd is actively looking after us. He is the One that defeated the devil 2000 years ago.
I think a more realistic image comes to mind when we think of David. When he was looking after his father’s sheep as a young boy, he fought lions and bears and killed them to ensure the safety of his father’s sheep (1 Samuel 17:34-36).
Psalm 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters”.
This does not mean we will never have to face persecution or affliction, but the Shepherd will uphold us and lead us out of it. Jesus defeated Satan and we share in that victory (Romans 8:17)
Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake”.
When we come to Jesus Christ, God will restore our minds and emotions. Jesus became sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”.
Whatever situation you might find yourself in, you are not stuck in there to stay there. You are moving through it. And when faced with physical death, we die physically but we step into eternity. Death has been defeated by Jesus Christ and has no more power over us.
We don’t have to fear evil. The Holy Spirit is with us and enables us to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Psalm 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over”.
You are protected and you can live in peace. When facing problems, you can cast your care on Him (1 Peter 5:7). God says He prepares a table for you in the presence of your enemy. There are no enemies in heaven. God is talking about here and now.
Anointing with oil is symbolizing the filling with the Holy Spirit. The Shepherd is the One that fills you with the Holy Spirit.
When you cup runs over, it means that your needs would be met at any given time. It doesn’t mean that you are going to be a millionaire. But ‘running over’ means your needs (whatever they are) will be met in abundance, so that you can also be a blessing to those around you.
Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.
If we made Jesus the Lord of our life, we are made new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17). That means that we have received eternal life and will spend eternity with Jesus.
So How Does All This Help Me In Everyday Life?
‘Stop every day and look at the size of God’. When we put our trust in God, there is nothing in this life that we cannot overcome.