Learning about, studying and, most importantly, speaking aloud the names of God transformed my faith. To this day, that card still sits in the front cover of my Bible and is referred to consistently.
The Names of God
Let’s examine just a few of God’s names:
- El Elyon: The God Most High (Sovereign) as seen in Luke 1:38:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
- Jehovah-shalom: The Lord is Peace as seen in Philippians 4:7:
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Jehovah-Jireh: Then Lord who Provides as seen in Genesis 22:8
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
- Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord is There as seen in Ezekiel 11:16
“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’
Doesn’t that revolutionize how you read “God” and “Lord” in scripture now?
It’s important for our children to know that we were created in God’s image (So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Gen 1:27) and just as we express ourselves differently in different circumstances, so too can we call upon the various characteristics of God. When I or my children are sick, I call specifically on the name of Jehovah-Rapha, God our Healer. When I need guidance for where to go or when a big decision needs to be made, I call upon Jehovah-Nissi, God our Banner. And whenever I simply need to feel the power and presence of the one and only Holy, Living and Compassionate God, I remember “El”, The Mighty One.
Teaching Kids the Character of God
The names of God tell us who He is and how He loves us. By beginning to call upon the names of God with our children, we show them what it truly means to draw nearer to God; we demonstrate that not only is He always present but that we can understand ourselves better by embracing and understanding all the characteristics of God. You can further explore the glory and the goodness of God with your children through resources such as the I Am Devotional. Through 100 devotions, children will see how God’s names reflect His love, strength, trustworthiness, etc., and what that means as they develop a strong faith. The I Am Devotional is the perfect companion to I Am, the Bible storybook that first introduced children to the names and character of God.