A God Who never changes

As contemporary Christians, we are often instinctively led to refer to God in a way that is personal to us. We refer to God based titles that reflect His distinctive works in our lives. While these individualized titles can foster a more intimate relationship with our Maker, in seasons unfamiliar to us, it can also be beneficial to examine God for who He has been. In moments of unforeseen circumstances, calling on God by the title He has proven Himself to be, can remind us exactly who we put our trust in. Our God is a God who never changes,  and therefore can be trusted to manifest in our lives as He has in the past. The Old Testament provides many illustrative examples of who God is by simple and unique names by which He has been called.

In the beginning, we are introduced to the Creator,
the One who speaks life into existence and with a word sustains it. (Genesis 1)

He also goes by the name Elohim, 
a name once used to refer to fake gods and false idols, 
but one which found itself repurposed to refer to the true and living God. (Genesis 1)

Next, we meet El-Elyon,
the God who is the Most High.
He is the God who emerges victorious 
and defeats all of our enemies on our behalf. (Genesis 14)

He is called El-Roi,
the God who sees His people, 
even when we have been abandoned 
and forsaken by those we once depended on. (Genesis 16)

He is El-Shaddai,
the Lord God Almighty.
He is the God of promise, 
He who soon will perform both name- and life-changing miracles. (Genesis 17)

He is El-Olam,
the Eternal God, 
the God who we can count on to never leave nor forsake us. 
He is the God who causes everyone around us to approach us peacefully 
and He who manipulates our surroundings to equip us with what is suitable for our success. (Genesis 21)

We come to understand God as Yahweh Yireh,
the Lord who provides a way out of situations
that seem to possess the qualities to our doom. (Genesis 22)

He is El-Elohe-Israel,
God, the God of Israel. 
He is the God who tests us in order to open the door to bless us. (Genesis 33) 

He is called El-Bethel,
the God of Bethel. 
He is the God who delivers us from our distress;
the God who has been with us wherever we have gone,
and therefore the God who will be with us wherever we go. (Genesis 35)

He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. 
He is the God of an eternal covenant with His people;
the God who will keep His promise regardless of the passage of time. (Exodus 3)

He said “tell them I AM THAT I AM”, 
the God who needs no introduction.
He is the God of the ones that came before us. 
He is the One who Was and who still Is. (Exodus 3)

Call Him Yahweh, the One Who Will Be.
He is not only the God who has done wonders and performed miracles, but He is the God who will continue to show Himself faithful. (Exodus 3)

The God we serve is Yahweh Rapha,
the Lord who heals us even in the midst of diseases and pandemics. (Exodus 15) 

He is Yahweh Nissi,
the Lord our banner.
He is the One who causes His people to emerge from battle
boasting their victory. (Exodus 17)

He is El-Kannah,
He who is a jealous God 
and will not share His glory with gods made by the hands of His creation. (Exodus 34)

He is Yahweh M’kaddesh,
the Lord who makes His people holy
that they may be acceptable in His perfect sight. (Leviticus 20)

He is Yahweh Shalom,
the Lord who Himself is peace
even in the face of situations meant for our detriment. (Judges 6)

He is introduced in 1 Samuel as Yahweh Sabaoth,
the Lord of Heaven's Armies.
He is the God who lacks not the resources to defend His people 
and fight on their behalf. (1 Samuel 1)

He is called Yahweh Ro’eh,
the Lord our shepherd.
He is the one who leads us through imminent danger and fears
but still causes us to emerge safely and with tranquility. (Psalm 23)

Yearning for His children our God becomes Yahweh Tsidqenu,
the Lord who is our righteousness.
He is the God who is so determined to save His people from their own destruction
He steps in and fulfills the law Himself. (Jeremiah 23) 

What do we do in response to the acknowledgment of who our God is?
We do what those who walked before us did. 
We praise.

We “Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; 
bless His name!” (Psalm 100:4)

We say “To Him who sits on the throne 
and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor 
and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)

We sing “Holy, holy, holy, 
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come! (Revelation 4:8)

With a thunderous roar, we shout “Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty,
[the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all] reigns.” (Revelation 19:6 AMP)

He is Yeshua, Jesus our Savior, the God who is our salvation.

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