Trusting the Name

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)

What obstacles are you facing today?  Do you feel like you could use a refuge, some place to find solace and safety? Solomon tells us in Proverbs that there is a place of strength and protection to which we can go in our troubles: the name of the LORD.

How can a name help us? In Proverbs 18:10, name actually refers to the person of God, and the designation LORD represents Yahweh, the Hebrew word for “He is.” God identified himself with this name to a reluctant Moses to encourage him to lead the Israelites in Exodus 3:14-15. Throughout the Old Testament, God comforted, convicted and encouraged people to draw them to himself. He encouraged Abraham with the promise that his descendants would one day become a great nation. He comforted Hagar when she was afraid. He convicted Adam and Eve for their sin against him. He spoke courage to Joshua to motivate him to conquer the promised land. He answered Job‘s doubt by reminding him of the infinite power and knowledge of God. He spoke words of comfort and exhortation through the prophets, all leading up to the revelation of himself through his son Jesus in the New Testament.

Our God is the great I Am who cannot be encapsulated in a simple definition or made to fit into a box of our own design. He is a God of many facets, all of which can speak to us on a daily basis.

What attribute of God would encourage you most today?

God’s word is living and active, and attributes of God that you’ve heard and read about your whole life can become more real to you in every stage of your life.  So, as you read your Bible, look for attributes of God and hold on to the promises they represent.

I recently found a 30-Day prayer challenge on the names and attributes of God.

30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God

As you pray over the next 30 days, remember, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 (NIV). Trust in the name of the Lord!

For the past month, my family has been praying over some big decisions, and the LORD revealed his greatness to us through Isaiah 43:18-19. We take comfort from this passage knowing that he will make a way in situations where we are unsure.

So, trust the LORD with your worries and problems, just like the psalmist in 91:2: “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” (NIV)

I would love to hear your stories of how God reveals his attributes to you. Share them by replying to this post!


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