Have you ever heard someone talking in the background, then they stopped talking as though they were waiting for someone to reply; then, you realized that someone was you? You’d like to say, “Don’t you know my name?” It’s irritating, and it makes us feel unimportant.
Recently, a secretary was training me to take over her job. She constantly talked and never once called me by my name. I never knew if she was talking to me or someone else, because she constantly jabbered. She also treated her employer this way. One day, he replied to her, as he looked at me in an understanding way, “I like my name.” But, the woman never acknowledged that she heard or understood a word he said.
Likewise, our heavenly Father must feel the same way about His name. Otherwise, why would He have so many of them that reveal different aspects of His character?
We show respect and acknowledge He is a very important person when we understand and honor Him by His name. The ironic thing is that when we come to understand even a small portion about God’s names and who He is, we find who we are; we find out about ourselves and the answers to absolutely every problem we could ever face in life.
We come to experience His great love for us and that He wants to meet our every need. He shows us we can overcome any difficulty, and then teaches us how. And through that overcoming process, we learn where we came from and where we are going.
We are going to look at twelve of the more prominent Hebrew names of God and how they relate to us. We will experience God through the lives of women, their families, friends, and some men, who came to know God intimately by His name as they overcame great obstacles.
These people, from ages twenty-two to eighty-two, from different spiritual backgrounds, trusting in the One and only True God, came to find that God likes His name too. He responded to each of them as they called upon His name.
Be aware that our goal is to know God and to experience Him, to have an intimate relationship with Him. To experience is so much more than to know and even to understand. Many people, even Christians, know about God, yet do not have experiential knowledge of who He is. According to Webster’s dictionary, to experience means “anything or everything lived through, training and personal participation, knowledge, skill, etc., resulting from this; to undergo.”
It is my prayer you will make a quality decision right now to do what it takes to trust God’s ability, His power and His goodness in your own life as you experience, and undergo, the aspects of His nature, one name at a time.
The best way to do this is to keep a daily journal as you face your personal struggles in His presence. At the end of each name of God are questions or simple exercises to help you make this journey one of “personal participation.”
If you answer the questions and look up the Scriptures throughout, I guarantee it will be the most exciting experiential journey of your lifetime-which you will travel with your heavenly Father–and He will never have to say to you, “Don’t you know my name?”
Be still and know that He is God. Stop, look and listen, and digest the material before moving to the next name of God, and you will hear Him calling you by your name.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man–upright and in right standing with God–runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong. Proverbs 18:10 (Amplified)