What's in a name 6
'The name of the city... will be: THE LORD IS THERE.' Ezekiel 48:35 NIV
During Israel's captivity, Ezekiel the prophet received from God the name Jehovah-Shammah: the Lord is there. God described Israel's future home, Jerusalem, saying, 'The name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE' (Ezekiel 48:35 NIV).
Jesus promised to 'be there' too. His name, 'Immanuel,' like Jehovah-Shammah, means, 'God with us' (see Isaiah 7:14). It means that God's available and present at all times, in all places, under all circumstances, for all of us. David proclaimed: 'I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to Heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me and your strength will support me' (Psalm 139:7-10 NLT).
Today God says to us, 'I'm with you,' and 'neither death, life, angels, spirit-powers, present or future fears, height, depth, nor anything else will ever separate us' (see Romans 8:38-39). Fear, loneliness and helplessness disappear when we realise that we're always in God's presence. Even when we feel like we're alone, left to deal with things by ourselves, the truth is that he's always with us. 'God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you"' (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).
So what now? Write the name Jehovah-Shammah on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket or bag as a reminder that God's with you wherever you go.
Soulfood: Gen 2:7-25 1 Cor 15:39-55,