Isaiah 9:6 (New English Standard Version)
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
When we pray to God, what names do we use? ‘Jesus,’ ‘Lord,’ and ‘God,’ are some of the most common. However, they certainly aren’t the only ones that we can use to describe our Heavenly Father-- not by a long shot!
It is easy to forget that God has many names in the Bible, all of which fulfill hundreds of beautiful promises about His character, nature, and great works. In fact, there are at least 955 names given to God within the Old and New Testaments. What a powerful reminder of how great our God is!
In times of trouble, distress, or despair, the names of God are meant to act as our supreme comfort. As a strong fortification against the trials of this world, it is important that we resist forgetting neither the significance nor the meanings behind the names of God. Let us fight against complacency and spiritual ‘boredom’ by truly understanding the nature of our God!
Jehovah-Rapha: Meaning ‘The Lord Who Heals You’ in Hebrew, this name showcases God’s power to save us not only from earthly pains, but from spiritual darkness as well.
The Alpha and the Omega: This name refers to God as The First and the Last, or the beginning of all things and the end of all time.
The Branch: As the architect of the millennial temple and thousand year peace, the Lord will bring the peace of an olive branch to our warlike world.
El Roi: Meaning ‘The God Who Sees’ or ‘The God Who Sees Me’ in Hebrew. This name reflects the omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence of the Lord.
The Fountain Of Living Water: Refers to the Fountain of Life, or the saving work of Christ on the cross who has delivered to us eternal life.
There are some names for God that do not appear as a single word or phrase. In fact, there are some that take up entire passages of the Bible! These are powerful, almost mystical depictions of our God, and allow us to think of His power and love in an entirely new light. They exist to fill us with the passion and wonder that once filled our hearts as new Christians:
He That Is Able to Keep You From Falling (Jude 1:24)
Him That Is Able to Present You Faultless Before the Presence of His Glory With Exceeding Joy (Jude 1:24)
The One Who Formed You From the Womb (Isaiah 24:44)
Him Who Has Endured Such Hostility By Sinners Against Himself (Hebrews 1:23)
I Am He Who Searches the Minds and Hearts Of Men (Revelations 2:23)
Although it may seem that many names have been discussed here, the given names of God go much deeper than this surface-level glimpse. This week, take some time to reflect, ponder, and discover the other names of God that are recorded in the Bible. What a glorious picture of the Father do we hold in our hands!
How can the names of God inspire your faithful walk today? Are there some that impact you more than others? Who do you know in your personal circle that could use the encouragement of a particular name? The names of God defined in the Bible are beautiful, awe-inspiring, and perfect for helping us understand His nature better. Rejoice in the names of our Lord, now and forever!
Exodus 3:14 (Berean Study Bible)
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
Revelation 1:8 (New International Version)
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”