“God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” Exodus 3:15 (ESV)
We use the name of God in important moments: during worship, in prayer, and when we share the gospel. As Christians, when we speak the name of God with a capital “G,” we focus on the fact that the God of the Bible is our only Lord and takes first place in our lives. In Hebrew, God’s name is often translated as LORD (all caps), but the Hebrew word for it is pronounced something like, Yahweh, also meaning, “I AM.”
As you think about your current life stresses, it’s good to stop and think about what this really means. God is our LORD, meaning He is and always was and always will be. His name, Yahweh or LORD says it all.
In our passage God says He wants us to remember Him in this light. Stop to consider His amazing nature and glory this week, and you will find that the problems in life all come under the sweeping umbrella of the refuge of the LORD. He is not only omniscient (all knowing), but also eternal, perfect, and able to grant Heaven to His children. Better yet, He also loves you desperately.
Even amidst trials we can say along with Isaiah, “Surely, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
For more on the discussion of God as Yahweh, read John Piper’s article.
Today as I pause to consider Your great nature, I remember to leave all of my problems at Your very capable feet. Lord, I am so thankful You called me to be Yours, and I ask Your help in spreading Your goodness and fame throughout my day today, in both small and big ways, always only at Your lead. I thank You for Your steadfast love over me and the hope I always carry Your truth, knowing You are Lord, and always will be over my life, and over all. Amen.
Take out a piece of paper and make two columns. On one side write down your problems, all the big ones you can name. On the other side, as you pause to consider God’s loving and fully encompassing nature, write something that truthfully speaks back peace and life to your situation, and remember, the LORD in these times.