the lord is there Published week of SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
Why couldn’t Jonah run from God? Why couldn’t Adam and Eve hide from God? The answers to these questions can be found in God’s name. The God of the Bible is called by many different names: He is called Creator, LORD, Everlasting, Almighty, King, and Shepherd. He is called Savior, Redeemer, and Father…just to name a few. In biblical times a name represented a person’s character. God’s name represents His very nature.
One of the names given to God is Jehovah-shammah, which means the LORD is there. The story is told of a Scottish Christian named Geoffrey Bull (1921-1999) who knew God by this name. Chinese Communists imprisoned Bull for three years. In his book, God Holds the Key, Bull wrote:
“I had no Bible in my hand, no watch on my wrist, no pencil or paper in my pocket. There was no real hope of release. There was no real hope of life. There was no real possibility of reunion with those I loved. The only reality was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Divested of all, He was to become everything to me. He was to break my bars and enlarge my coasts in the narrow room. He was to be my fullest nourishment amidst the meager food. ‘My meat,’ which my captors ‘knew not of.’ He would make me glad with His countenance. He would let me hear His voice. As in the days of His nativity, Herod may reign and imagine slaughter against the innocent but let me see His star and I would come to worship Him.”
God was there with Geoffrey Bull in that tiny Chinese prison cell. He brought comfort to him in his darkest moments. In the belly of the big fish, God was there with Jonah. Deep among the covering of the trees in Eden, God was there with Adam and Eve. He sought them in their sin and shame.
Wherever you are today . . . God is there . . . Jehovah-shammah . . . wherever you are. Whether you are suffering because of your rebellion or because of your obedience . . . God is there. The Psalmist songs of Psalm 139 reminds you and I that we cannot flee from God’s presence. He is in the heights and in the depths. He is in the light and in the darkness. He is always with you.
Dear LORD, thank You for always being there with me and for me. Help me to know, believe, and live the truth that You are all I need. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:7-10