I continue to study Ann Spangler's "Praying the Names of God". How timely this study is for me.
You see, I've a tendency to focus acutely on the challenges I'm going through as I attempt to figure out my own solutions. But when I focus on who God is ...it's so reassuring for me.
There is none like Him. He is El Roi and sees all that I'm going through. He is El Shadday so nothing is impossible for Him. As I spend time in prayer, reading His Word and yielding it all to Him, I'm learning that I must ...trust and obey Him in all things.
This week the focus is on God as Yahweh; LORD.
God revealed Himself as Yahweh to Moses. As Moses was tending his father-in-law's flock, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There he encountered a burning bush that did not burn up.
Here the LORD revealed to Moses that He had seen the misery of His people, the Israelites. He was going to use Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses asked God who was he that he could go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Exodus 3:14-15 says:
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you." God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, '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, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
According to Ann's book, Yahweh is the name 'that is most closely linked to God's redeeming acts in the history of His chosen people.'
When I pray to Yahweh, I remember that He is the same God who redeemed me. How grateful I am that He saved me from slavery to my sins just as He saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
I love that God sees and knows all that we go through. He wasn't a distant God who was unable to intervene. He cared about the Israelites suffering as they were in slavery in Egypt. He intervened and chose to use a man, Moses to be His instrument of deliverance.
I can identify with Moses' reluctance to be this instrument. Who am I? Why would they listen?
But God told Moses what to say.
I remember a time when I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to do something. I was working as a nurse and heading to the hospital to make rounds. One of our patients was in an assisted living home near the hospital and I knew I needed to stop by and check up on her. As I was parking my car, I felt the Spirit nudge me to share the Gospel with her. At first, I thought it wasn't my place as a nurse. But I remembered how over the years we had numerous talks about her past. She'd been angry at God for the death of her son from leukemia so many years ago.
As I walked into her room, I sat with her and boldly shared the Gospel. I asked her if she wanted to invite Jesus into her heart. She looked up at me with tears in her eyes and said yes. That day we prayed together and Vivian became a believer.
The next day I stopped by to visit her and to make sure she understood. I asked her if she remembered and she nodded yes and smiled. Within three days from that time, Vivian died.
I attended her funeral and learned that her daughter-in-law was a Christian. I was able to share with her what had taken place. With tears of joy, she told me how she'd prayed for years for Vivian but that she was unyielding. She told me that sometimes it takes someone outside the family to share the Gospel. She had such peace knowing that her mother-in-law was in heaven.
How glad I was that I trusted and obeyed Yahweh. He knew the exact day that Vivian would die.
How grateful and privileged I felt to be used me as His instrument to deliver the message of salvation to a soul in need.
Yahweh, the Covenant name of God saved the Israelites in Egypt.
That same God saved a woman named Vivian from her sins.
Yahweh still at work today.
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Blessings and love,
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