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What's in a name 1



'Seek first God's Kingdom... Then all your other needs will be met.' Matthew 6:31 NCV

The Israelites called God Jehovah, which means the 'self-existing One,' and the 'I AM.' He was the creator of all things; an awesome and unknowable supreme being. But God desired to be known in a personal way. So he added to the name Jehovah five revealing titles - to help us better understand and relate to his wonderful character. Let's look at each.

Jehovah-Jireh: the Lord will see, the Lord will provide. Abraham was about to sacrifice his son when God provided a lamb for the offering in Isaac's place. In response, Abraham called him Jehovah-Jireh: the Lord who sees and provides. But this doesn't just apply to Abraham. The New Testament says that God sees our needs and provides for them. Jesus said: 'Don't worry and say, "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear?" The people who don't know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in Heaven knows you need them. Seek first God's Kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well' (Matthew 6:31-33 NCV).

God loves us. He knows what we need better than we do, and he does hear the deep desires of our heart. So instead of worrying and striving, let's remember that God is Jehovah-Jireh - the one who provides for all our needs.

So what now? Grab a piece of paper and write Jehovah-Jireh in the middle. Around it, write down all the things God's provided you with. Then thank him for each one.

Soulfood: Ezek 27:25-36 Ezek 28 Ezek 29 Ezek 30:1-26 Matt 23:1-12 Ps 112 Pro 20:1-4,

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