Monday, June 24, 2013

A Name You Can Trust

      On the wall of our home, we have a picture given to us by our children on the occasion of our 25th wedding anniversary.  It is a picture of Jesus Christ and around Him are all the names of God.  It inspires me every time I look at it.  Along the same line, a scripture which comes from Isaiah 9:6 reads:  "A child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
     Jesus was a gift given to us as a child who grew to be a man who worked with His hands.  However, if we stopped there, we would only see the carpenter and He is so much more than that.  Isaiah saw by the Holy Spirit  that He would have God's authority.  He would be called "Wonderful" and "Counselor".  Truly, Jesus is wonderful and if we let Him, He is our counselor in all matters.  Beyond that, He is the Mighty God in the flesh, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace to us.
     Consider the word "everlasting" for a moment.  It means never ending.  Jesus Christ will never leave us nor forsake us.  He will always be present with us and in us.  We need to draw comfort and encouragement in that knowledge.  Likewise, Jesus is also our "Prince of Peace" who brings peace to our hearts now and some day to the entire world when He comes again in glory to rule and reign.
     Most of us have heard someone described as "he's a Jack of all trades and the master of none."  However, our Lord is "a man of many names and master over all"!  He is molding and remaking our lives each and every day.  With each name by which we call the Lord, we see another aspect of His total and complete ministry to us.  He is "The Good Shepherd", "The God Who Heals Us", "The Lord who Provides", "The King of Kings", "The Lord of Lords", "The Messiah", "The Son of Righteousness", and my favorite, "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah".  There are many more names, but these are but a few that we need to think on.
     We serve an infinite God who loved us so much He sent this His Son to serve as atonement for our sins and to guide us into all truth.  He can more than meet any needs we have today.  This should bring encouragement to each one of us.  When we get down or discouraged, we need to consider the names of our Lord.  He is the Word made flesh for us that in Him we have wholeness, healing, strength, salvation, deliverance, and we find our significance.  Let us turn over to His care, all our burdens so that we might walk in liberty this very day.  Selah!

What name of God brings you comfort?  I welcome your thoughts and insights.

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