What’s in a name?
Written by Cherie Olivier on March 2, 2020
My husband and I are down to the wire of picking a name for baby #2. We have a boy name, but the girl name is just not happening. We both have very strong feelings and opinions, and unfortunately, those strong feelings and opinions are not lining up with each other. It doesn’t help that Baby #2 is due THIS MONTH, so time is running out.
With all of our discussions about names in our house, I started diving a little more deeply into the names of God in my quiet times. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and now seemed as good a time as any!
Dr. Tony Evans, who’s show “The Alternative” runs on our sister station WXJC, has a link on his website that lists the names of God and where they appear in scripture. I have loved pouring over this list over the last few weeks and using these names as I pray in specific situations, whether it’s to offer praise, thanksgiving, or to request guidance or action in a very specific situation.
Some of the names I’ve heard before, like Jehovah-Rapha: God our Healer, Jehovah-Jireh: God who provides, Immanuel: God with us.
Some I’ve probably heard before over the years, but I’m just not as familiar with them as I am with the others.
El Roi is one of those names that has really stood out to me lately. The God Who Sees Me.
Last week, I actually read the passage where El Roi appears in Genesis 16…suffice it to say, it’s not pretty. It involves Sarai, Hagar, Abraham, and a lot of abuse. If you ever think the world is spiraling out of control and evil is overtaking us at every turn, read the Old Testament. We aren’t shielded from anyone’s misdeeds, indiscretions, or acts of spite, hate and brutality. Trust me. We’ve always been prone to depravity. We may just see it happening more often thanks to a 24-hour-news cycle and unprecedented access to technology and tools to carry out that depravity. We have always needed Jesus, and we always will.
God saw Hagar, in her trauma, in her fear, in her darkest place, and promised her something that, at that time, was the greatest honor a woman (especially a female slave) could hope to be given.
God sees you, too. He sees you when you cry alone so no one knows how hurt you are. He sees you in those late-night feedings when you doubt all of your abilities to raise a tiny human. He sees you when you’re drowning at work. He sees you when you’re struggling to make ends meet. He sees you when you are terrified of taking the next step forward.
He sees you. He knows what you are going through. He wants you to know you are not alone. He has promises for you and plans for you. Instead of trying to hide from Him, let Him meet you exactly where you are.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11