This week we focused on five names of God that described His power.
Rab Koach which is featured in Nahum 1:3 “The LORD is … great in power.” It is the image of power that cannot be competed with or contained. It makes me want to scream, “Watch out enemies of the Lord! His power is beyond anything available to you.”
Yahweh Borey, the LORD Creator and El Oseh Phela, the God who works wonders, makes the greatest human accomplishments seem trivial at best. Consider the Seven Wonders of the World:
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Only one still stands today, the Great Pyramid.
Now consider the Seven Natural Wonders:
The Grand Canyon
The Great Barrier Reef
The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
Aurora – Northern Lights
Which list impresses you the most? If you want to know more about them, do a google search and check out the spectacular pictures.
Yahweh Rophey or Jehovah Rapha is possibly the name of God that receives the most controversy. Exodus 15:26 states, “I am the LORD, your healer.” God holds the power over sickness and death. He holds the power to heal the physical body and the emotional heart. Most importantly it is God and God alone who heals our greatest sickness, sin. Mary Kassian says on page 71, “The cross is the epicenter of the working of God’s tremendous power. The cross reveals the extent of His power and fulfills the awesome meaning of His name, LORD Healer.” Sin entered the world with Adam and Eve and introduced sickness, pain, suffering, and death to the world. God is able to heal all of that, but most importantly He provides for our greatest need, the forgiveness of sin.
Finally, we studied the name El Shaddai which means Almighty God. In Ephesians 3:20-21 we read, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ms. Kassian asks, “How will knowing God by His names of power help you rely on and trust in Him more?”
I ask, “What holds you back from believing that God is able?”