Sunday, April 10, 2011

Week 16 - God's Name

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Psalm 9:9-10

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Through specific verses we are able to learn more about God's character. He is the the Creator, the God Most High, the God who sees, the all-sufficient One, the self-existent One, the Lord provides, the Lord who heals, the Lord our banner, the Lord who sanctifies, peace, Lord of hosts, the Lord my shepherd, the Lord our righteousness, and the Lord who is there.

Knowing God's character during trials helps to keep us from doubting. It reminded me of how truly knowing Noah allows me to trust him and his decisions, and slowly as I know him more this trust increases.

I have a tendency to go to the end of the chapter sometimes and read the questions before I read the chapter. It helps me to think on them as I study God more in depth. Under "Reflection" it asks "Which of God's names are most meaningful to you right now, and why?". Initially I did not think that I would care to read that God heals. I know that he heals if it is in His will for that person, but it is hard to swallow that Magdalena was not chosen to be healed since that is one of God's amazing attributes. However, that particular reading was one of the sweetest because the focus is on the ultimate healing, not a bodily healing, which had first come to my mind, but a healing of the spirit. So I kicked myself again when reading it for struggling with God. I am definitely looking forward to the day when God completely heals me in every way so that I may be with Him and this struggle will no longer exist! Until then, I pray that He will continue to grow my trust in Him as I know him better daily.

But to answer the question, the Lord is my peace is most meaningful to me right now. Nancy says, "Peace is not a feeling or possession but a person. Jesus will invade your hopelessness and distress and reveal himself as Peace." Wow! He IS our peace during times of turmoil and uncertainty. Since I read this reading, it has been heavy in my mind being a constant reminder, especially on the hardest of days. I pray for Him to come and be with me.

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