Have you ever found yourself in a really difficult situation and God seemed to be a million miles away?
In the Old Testament, there are several redemptive names for the Lord. One of them is Jehovah Shammah: The Lord Who Is There. When I first looked at this name, I thought, “I don’t need the Lord who is there, I need the Lord who is here!” Have you ever felt that way? Fortunately, the Holy Spirit came to my rescue and taught me that the Lord is there in our situation, wherever we may be. He may seem to be distant at times, but He isn’t. He is right there, ready to be everything for us that He promised to be!
We find the name Jehovah Shammah in the Book of Ezekiel:
“The name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD WHO IS THERE.” (Ezekiel 48:35 NKJV)
As we look at each of these redemptive names we discover who God is, what He will do for us, and what is the kind of relationship that He wants to have with us. Yes, God wants to have a deep, personal relationship with us. He wants to be present with us in every situation we go through. He is in the very air we breathe!
When Abraham was on top of a mountain to sacrifice his only son, God was there as Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Who Provides.
“But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ So he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ ” (Genesis 22:11-12 NKJV)
The Lord showed Abraham a ram caught by its horns in a bush, and he sacrificed it in place of his son.
“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide.” (Genesis 22:14 NKJV)
Today the Lord is right there in our situation, and He is more than able to provide for our needs!
When the people of Israel traveled into the wilderness under the leadership of Moses, they discovered God was there as Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Your Healer.
“And He said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.’ ” (Exodus 15:24 NKJV)
The Lord is there in our time of sickness to be our healer today.
When Joshua was fighting against the Amalekites, Moses was on top of the mountain holding his staff above his head to assure victory for Israel. As long as he kept his staff up, Israel was able to defeat their enemy. God was there as Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Our Banner. He was their Banner of Victory!
“And Moses built an altar and called its name. The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.” (Exodus 17:15 NKJV)
The Lord is also there in our difficulties when we are struggling with our adversary the devil. God is there to give us the victory!
When Gideon saw the Angel of the Lord, he was greatly troubled and thought he might die, but the Lord was there as Jehovah Shalom: The Lord Is Our Peace.
“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.’ So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace.” (Judges 6:23-24 NKJV)
When we are full of fear about what is going on around us, the Lord is there to give us peace because He is there to protect us!
King David knew the Lord as Jehovah Rohi: The Lord My Shepherd. He was there in David’s life to lead him and guide him.
“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:1-4 NKJV, words in emphasis mine)
When we need the Lord to lead us day by day, we can be sure He will be there to take us safely through even the most difficult situations.
Finally, the Prophet Jeremiah spoke of a day when the Lord would be called Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness. When we discover that we cannot attain our own right standing with God, He is be there to become our righteousness.
“In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:6 NKJV)
When Jeremiah spoke these words, he was foretelling what the Messiah would be for us today. Jesus is our righteousness. We do not have any of our own. There is nothing we can do to achieve it. God sent His Son to become our righteousness!
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)
Regardless of what we are going through or the difficulties we may face, God is present right there to be everything He said He would be for us. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is there in our situation right now!
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you ever found yourself in trouble only to discover that God was right there to get you out of it? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]