Saturday, August 31, 2013

God of the Present

Exploring the meanings of the names of God that we see from the Bible is a neat study. Some of those names mentioned in the Bible are:
  • El Shaddai- God Almighty
  • El Elyon- God Most High
  • El Roi- God that sees
  • El Olam- The Eternal God
  • YHWH Jireh- God provides
  • YHWH Rophi- God that heals
  • YHWH Nissi- God is our banner
  • YHWH Shalom- God of peace
But as I was studying there was something that kept coming to mind; something was missing about these names. It wasn't in the differences between Latin (Jehovah) and Hebrew (YHWH) versions. It wasn't in the name actually at all but it is in the verb that stands with the name. These verbs are present tense. They are not past or future, but present. That means that God is not the God of the past. We can thank Him for what He has done of course but He is not the God of the past. He is not the God of the future. This is not to say that He has nothing to do with the future or that we don't have to care about our future eternal life. He is the God of the present. We live in the present. He cares about us now.
The best name for God is the one He gave Moses. I AM. Notice it is not "I was" or "I will be", but I AM. Sure, this also means He transcends all time and that time is meaningless to Him. But, with God there are always two meanings, one spiritual and one physical. This also means He is here with us now. So, when we say His name as Jehovah Jireh, we are not saying God will provide. We are saying God is providing! God will not heal, God is healing! God will not give us peace, God is peace! When Isaiah said that by His stripes we are healed it is not saying that we will be healed. It says we are! God provides our daily bread. God sets us at peace every morning because His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). If we believe then we receive.
Too many times we pray God if you will, when we should be saying thank you God for what you are doing. This is why Jesus told us to pray as though you have already received it (Mark 11:24). He is doing it now. This may show why sometimes things happen at once and others take time. We are in the process of receiving these promises that God will not forsake us. We live day by day. Our faith grows day by day. Our faith struggles if we have to wait for the results. The strongest of faith knows it is already done. But sometimes our faith goes through hard times so we can see the glory of God when time reveals. This is hard to do since we live in a physical world and our senses deceive us. We rely to many times on what we see, but we are not suppose to walk by sight but by faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Jesus' name is also Y'shua Ha Mashiach which means Jesus the Messiah, the Savior. When does He save? Now! Forever. With each day that comes, God provides, heals, sees, saves, and waves His banner of love over us (Exodus 17:15). We are forever His. The Great I AM is here, now, waiting for us to accept His promises and then watch our faith work.

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  1. You put up some great posts Tim. Great observations :)and so inspiring!
    Here is a question to ponder... Is God outside of time?

  2. I would say yes! Transcends all time. I think that is part of the reason why He is here now, because for Him it is always "now".