Adonai – The Head Over All Things: Lord and Master

Now, more than ever we need to know that we serve a God who sees us. We need His peace, comfort and truth to invade our lives and bring healing to our hearts and to our land. We need His peace to quiet us and His love to unify us. We need to know Him intimately and personally so we can trust Him with our future and the future we are leaving to our children. I’m so grateful we are meditating on the name Adonai together this week because to know God as Adonai, is to know Him as a Father.

Adonai expresses the personal, trusting relationship God desires to have with us. Repeatedly, throughout the New Testament Jesus teaches us to come to God as children. In Luke 18:16-17 He says, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” May we all choose to operate in childlike faith, so we may experience receiving the fullness of Adonai’s heart for us.

Adonai is derived from the Hebrew word adon meaning master or owner. The emphasis of this name is not to be one of task-master. Instead, we are to know Him as Adonai so we may experience His protection and promises; as well as His power, provision and purpose in our lives. Adonai is most often translated as Lord (lowercase “ord” as opposed to Jehovah which is all uppercase LORD) in our English translation. This name is used 340 times in the Old Testament and, like Elohim; it is a plural name implying the triune nature of God.

Adonai is the only one powerful enough to free us from captivity to our deception, condemnation and fear. We belong to Him. He is in charge. He is in control. Peace comes when we acknowledge His sovereignty in every area of our lives. I pray you are encouraged to live and love like He does as you reflect on the powerful name of Adonai with me this week!

His Name Adonai Reveals His Promise to be Faithful as You Wait on Him:

Genesis 15:1-3 Afterward the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great." But Abram replied, "O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don't even have a son? Since I don't have a son, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no children, so one of my servants will have to be my heir."

In Genesis, chapter 12, God calls Abram to leave his home and sets him on a journey. He promises not only to give him descendants but to raise up a great and mighty nation through him. Ten years have passed and now, in chapter 15, God shows up with a similar promise to him. Abram, responds to God by calling Him a new name, Adonai (Sovereign Lord). In the context of this passage it seems Abram calls out to God using this name as an acknowledgement that He needs to know Him on a deeper level in order to receive and believe His promises! He had been waiting on Jehovah, looking for Him and listening for His voice for ten years. Waiting on Jehovah had stirred up a desire in him to experience the God he served in a more intimate way. He understood that a deeper knowing of God would manifest into greater trust in Him! So, using this new name, Adonai, reveals Abram’s choice to be dependent on God, fully surrendering to His plan for his life.

It is important to note that Abram waited 15 more years for his promised heir after this encounter with Adonai (chapter 21). Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old...he waited a total of 25 years for Adonai to fulfill His promise to him! Like Abram, we are called to wait on Adonai too. Why? Because to call Him Lord is to relinquish understanding and control of our lives. To know Him as Adonai is to trust Him and wait on Him.

What has Adonai promised you? What are you waiting for? Do you wait patiently on Him or are you attempting to control your life? Does He have your attention or are you fixated on trying to fulfill your own destiny? Remember, you are His child and He desires to mature you as you wait on Him. If we get everything we want the moment we want it, we become entitled. We miss out on getting to know Him intimately as our faithful Father. Our faith grows when it is required and tested. So as we wait on Him we learn to trust and depend on Him as Adonai.