“Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’”
We have four sons and had to select names for each of them. When making our decisions, we looked through name books, considered family names, then ultimately chose names that we liked. Very little consideration was given to what, if anything, the names actually meant. In Biblical times, names mattered much more than they do today. A person was named for an event that transpired around their birth, or to describe a particular character trait. A son who came out of the womb with a lot of hair was called Esau or Hairy, and his twin brother who held on to his heel, was called Jacob, or heel catcher. This principle is particularly true as it relates to God. The names ascribed to God in Scripture are more than titles to distinguish Him from others. These names are like miniature portraits and promises that identify who He is and what He does.
Hagar, the maidservant of Sarai, found herself in a difficult place. She had become pregnant, had no husband, and was forced out of her home by a jealous woman. With nowhere to go, she fled to the wilderness in desperation. It was there, by a spring of water, that she had an encounter with the Lord. He met her where she was, and gave her promises for her future. In response to this meeting, she called the place “Beer Lahai Roi”, or “the well of the God who sees.” When no one else seemed to care about her state, or to know where she was, God was carefully watching, and had plans for her life.
As Scripture unfolds, many names for God are given. Each name reveals something about His character. A brief list of some of those names may prove to be a source of encouragement to you.
Jehovah – The Self Existent One
• Jehovah-‐jireh -‐ The Lord will provide (Genesis 22:14)
• Jehovah-‐rapha -‐ The Lord that heals (Exodus 15:26)
• Jehovah-‐nissi -‐ The Lord is my banner (Exodus 17:15)
• Jehovah-‐mekoddishkem-‐ The Lord who sanctifies you (Leviticus 20:8)
• Jehovah-‐sabaoth -‐ The Lord of hosts (Joshua (5:13-‐15)
• Jehovah-‐shalom -‐The Lord our peace (Judges 6:22)
• Jehovah-‐elyon -‐ The Lord most high (Psalm 23:1)
• Jehovah-‐rohi -‐ The Lord our shepherd (Psalms 23:1)
• Jehovah-‐tsidkenu -‐ The Lord our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)
• Jehovah-‐shammah -‐ The Lord is there (Ezekiel 48:35)
Again, these are not only descriptions of who God is, but of who He will prove to be to you. If you are in need, He is the provider. If you are afraid, He is your peace. If you are alone, He sees and He is near. Take a few moments to consider who God is, and how He desires to help in your time of need.