“Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”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.’” Exodus 3:13-14
Allow me to begin this blog today by saying: You Are Not Alone, and your loved one who is missing is not alone. My statement may be hard to believe and difficult to accept, but the fact of the matter is, you are not alone. You may be lonely, grief-stricken, enraged, overwhelmed, depressed, listless, and wondering how to keep moving knowing that your loved one is missing, but you are not alone.
When I say this, I am not speaking of the physical world. Yes, you may be sitting alone in a room, your car, the cubicle at work, but, in the spiritual realm, you are not alone. In that room, car and cubicle is God sitting next to you, holding your hand through your life’s most difficult season.
The beautiful thing about God is that He reveals Himself in so many ways that we can call by name. In the Bible, God is called many things, from “Father” to, what is referred to in Exodus 3:13-14, as “I Am”. “Why is this relevant to me?” you may be asking yourself. It is very relevant because I’m sharing with you the reality that you can pull on God specifically by name.
God is referred to as “Yahweh” 6,800 times; “Elohim” 2,600 times; “Adonai” 439 times; and “El” 238 throughout the Bible. These names are significant because they have a meaning. El/Elohim mean “God”, Yahweh means “Lord Jehovah”, and Adonai means “Lord Master”. These are names we use in reverence, to show God how we love, honor and respect Him. But, these aren’t the only names we can use, not only to refer to the Lord, but to petition in prayer for aid.
When you need God to lead and be your Shepherd, pray to Jehovah Raah. When you need healing, pray to Jehovah Rapha. Looking for sanctification, pray to Jehovah Mekoddishkem. When you need God to provide, pray to Jehovah Jireh. Need God to show up before you, pray to Jehovah Nissi. When you feel you are alone, pray to Jehovah Shannah. Need God’s righteousness, pray to Jehovah Tsidkenu. Above all, when you need peace, pray to Jehovah Shalom. I want you to understand that when you pray the names of God, you are not praying to false gods, you are praying to God, our Father.
When God met Moses at the burning bush to tell him He had chosen him to free the people of Israel from Pharaoh’s rule, Moses asked God, “Who should I tell them sent me to free the people?” God responded by telling Moses to tell Pharaoh that “I AM” sent you. God is I AM, all things, omnipotent, ever-present in their lives, and right now in your own life. This reality should give you hope. It should give you hope in the knowledge that God is whatever you need Him to be. He is YOUR peace, YOUR provider, YOUR healer, YOUR banner, YOUR shepherd, YOUR everlasting God, YOUR Lord, YOUR Master, YOUR Most High, God Almighty!
You may be lonely, grief-stricken, enraged, overwhelmed, depressed, listless, and not know how to keep moving knowing that your loved one is missing, but know, you are not alone. God is with you, and will come to you in any way you need. Call on Him. Pull on Him by name and watch Him move on your behalf.
Below are resources to help you study more on the Names of God.
-Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide by Ann Spangler
-The Names of God: 52 Bible Studies for Individuals and Groups by Ann Spangler
-Knowing God by Name: Names of God That Bring Hope and Healing by David Wilkerson
Candance L. Greene is Editor for Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. Her work has been published in several anthologies including Bittersweet: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry; Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction; and Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir, and most recently in the Huffington Post. She is the founder of Cherishedflight Communications, LLC, an editing and writing service. Visit her website at www.cherishedflight.com and follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/cherishedflightcommunications and Twitter www.twitter.com/cherishedflight
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