Exodus 3:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”[a] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
Today, we will further our discussion of God as I am or Yahweh. This open-ended descriptor points to the infinite power of who He is. Let us continue to examine the names of God.
In my life, I have experienced God in different ways. However, one of the things about God I have learned to cherish most is Yahweh Shalom, the God of Peace. My childhood was filled with chaos. There were very little times that didn’t involve some type of conflict or division. I would often find myself seeking peaceful places to go or retreating to prayer. During those times, I was able to sense God’s peace. As a got older, I was determined to do all that I could to ensure that my adulthood would be peaceful. I turned to the Lord for wisdom on how to make this possible. He has led me and I am very grateful because His peace abides in His presence. There is no place like it. My husband and I have also worked really hard not to allow the enemy to bring chaos into our home. Let there be no mistake. We will fight to maintain our peace because it has been hard to attain. Although life gets crazy and sometimes drama tries to rear its ugly head, I’ve learned to quickly seek the Lord to invoke His peace into my situation. When Yahweh Shalom is in our lives, we are aren’t the only ones to feel it. In our presence, others will also recognize the shalom of God because it is so powerful. I don’t know about you but I want people to experience God’s peace through me. As you read this I pray that you will come to the know as described in Phillippians 4:7,” the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” that “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
Certainly, we cannot experience Yahweh Shalom without experiencing Yahweh Shammah, the God who is there. God’s presence is marked by His peace. Have you ever been the midst of a trial and you felt the presence of God like never before? Over the years, I have felt abandoned at times but I’ve always felt that God was there. I was always been led to pray and each time I have felt the presence of the Lord. God has shown me that regardless of how bad it got; He would still be there. One thing I have learned about Yahweh Shammah is that His presence is imminent. There may be seasons of hardship or when He may feel distant but He is always there. He has promised to never leave or forsake us. When people have done both, Yahweh Shammah is there. He is faithful. Never forget that He is the God who is there. Call on Him!
Then, there is Yahweh Tsidkenu, God our Righteousness. In the book of Jeremiah, God spoke judgment against Isreal and promised restoration. That restoration was Jesus. Jesus came to defeat our sin and restore God’s righteousness unto us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “Jesus Christ became sin for us so that we could become the Righteousness of God”. We are able to receive His righteousness when we repent in faith and ask God to cleanse us of our sins. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, we fall but we can always turn around and resume to walk in the righteousness of Yahweh Tsidkenu. The power of Yahweh Tsidkenu has the power to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It has the power to change a sinful heart and fill it with God’s word. It has the power to break the chains of sin and darkness. It has the power to break addictions and restore freedom of the hearts and minds of the captive. If we live authentically, His righteousness in us speaks for us. I can remember times when persecution came and the righteousness of God stood up for as well as in me. It vindicated me and God got the glory because His righteousness defends itself. We don’t have to. All we have to do is freely receive it and walk in it. Then, the power comes.
Again, I ask. What do you need Him to be in your life? He is the Great I AM. If you need peace, He is Shalom. If you need provision, He is Jireh. If you need the victory, He is Nissi. If you need healing, He is Rapha. If you need some reassurance of His presence, He is Shammah. And if you need righteousness, He is Tsidkenu.
He is everything and anything you need Him to be in your life.