Updated: May 25, 2020
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
What makes you feel safe? Your family? Friends? Home? Job? Savings? Safety is a critical need for us and yet it often feels so fragile and illusive to maintain.
In this COVID-19 season feeling safe vs. feeling anxious is a common theme in my counseling sessions with clients. One thing is clear to me. The God who created us with a need to feel safe is the only one who can provide lasting sanctuary for us mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He is the only one who can truly bring peace to our hearts and minds. He is our safe place.
The more we know Him the more we are able to rest in the safety of His presence. The more we feel known by Him the easier it is for us to trust His heart for us. He is the God who changed His name for us in the creation account in Genesis chapter two (we’ll unpack this together in two weeks). He is the One who created a garden to be in relationship with us in Genesis chapter three. He is the same Father who has never stopped pursuing us and sent His only Son to die so that we could be reunited with Him today and forever.
Every Monday, for the next eight weeks, I invite you to journey with me toward the heart of our loving Father as we study His names. This study on the names of God has one primary objective, to invite you into deeper intimacy with The One who created you. When you study His names you will discover precious insights and truths that reveal His desire to be the safe place you long for.
Knowing His names is not only your invitation into His heart for you, it is your pathway to experiencing His promises, protection, provision, power and peace in a personal way. Deeper intimacy with the One who created you comes through a real encounter with Him and His great love for you.
My prayer for you, as we walk through this study together is that His names will lead you to experience Him personally and authentically. May you be transformed by His love and may it destroy any anxiety or fear in your life.
Pray and meditate on Proverbs 18:10. After, answer the following questions:
How would you describe your relationship with God?
How do you think knowing Him in a more intimate way would impact your life?
Have you had an experience or encounter with God that led to a significant or life changing moment?
How did it impact your faith and relationship with Him?
I invite you to pray with me and claim His protection over you. Heavenly Father, help me experience your love for me in a tangible way on a daily basis. I want to be free to operate in your design for my life and walk in the fullness of your Spirit. As I study your powerful names in the weeks ahead please bring me into your freedom and draw me deeper into your arms. I want to know and experience you as my safe place regardless of the circumstances, challenges or difficulties I face. I want your love to destroy all the fear in my life. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray, Amen.