Welcome to His Name, My Purpose, a site dedicated to showcasing the incredible names of our Maker. Each name of God in the Old Testament is a revelation of God's attributes. As we are exposed to them, they broaden our kingdom view and modify our thinking and behavior. Even a small glimpse of God’s character can wash our ordinary routines with new motivation, and bathe our agendas with fresh vision. Enjoy your walk through the names of God.

March 1, 2014

The Faithfulness of a Present-Tense God

When I was young, Dad rocked my world. I tagged along on many a farm round—to check on the herds, to unleash water into fields of sprouting crops, or simply to jump in trailers of freshly picked cotton. He taught me how to catch, bridle, and discipline a feisty horse seventeen times my weight, and to snow ski by descending the slopes with my tiny skis inside his larger protective ones. He introduced me to the thrill of floating the currents down the irrigation canals.
I never lacked for adventure with Dad. He would conjure up new ways to scare the daylights out of us every Halloween. And every summer, he would set up clues for a “bear” hunt which always ended with him roaring out from behind a tree.
Dad was heroic and responsible. We often pulled to the side of the road so he could assist in the birth of a new calf. He jumped into emergency efforts when a neighbor ran through a sliding glass door. He even rescued a wounded coyote and brought him home to mend in the empty chicken pen.
Dad spent months building me a playhouse, and tumbled and tickled with me nightly in the living room while Mom finished in the kitchen. I cannot recall a harsh word he ever spoke to me.
Near the end of my third grade year, this stopped forever. Dad placed his personal belongings in the back of his truck and drove away. He fell out of love with his family and decided to quit. During the rest of my growing up years through college, I saw him twice. Other than that, no regular visitation, no shared custody, no child support, no calls, no letters. He severed his life from mine as completely as death would have. He changed and he left.
But I have a father who never changes and never abandons—my heavenly Father. He remains forever present in my life. His very name reflects His stability. He calls Himself I am, and He is always. This is Jehovah. Other names describe God’s works. The name Jehovah describes His substance, His permanent and unchanging existence. He never leaves.
Both Jah and havah, mean ‘to be.’ Thus, the name, Jehovah, repeats the fact of God’s faithful presence twice—I AM, I AM.
Long before Moses lived, God made a promise to deliver Israel out of a 400-year captivity in Egypt. Generations later, at the conclusion of the 400 years, Moses asked God what divine name he should speak to the Israelites to convince them to risk escape from Egypt. God responded, “I Am Who I Am… say to the sons of Israel, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14, John 8:24, 56-59, 10:27-33). This name, Jehovah, served to remind Israel that the same God who made the promise of deliverance years earlier was still present to uphold it—constant, immutable, eternal, faithful (Exodus 6:4-8).
God’s “being” is fixed. His character is permanent. We can bank on His sovereignty, justice, mercy, and goodness. He does not tire, hunger, need protection, lose control, or go through mood swings. He does not change or quit (James 1:17, Malachi 3:6).
In our world, everything changes. Even our closest friends and family will disappoint us—but not Jehovah. Everything about our Jehovah is forever.
He is the Alpha and the Omega, the One who was, is, and is to come (Revelation 1:8). Though the heavens will perish and wear out like old clothes, God will endure and remain the same (Psalm 102:25-27, Hebrews 13:8).
No one can bring promises to fruition as He can. No one is more faithful in shaping our character for His glory. He does not walk away, abandon, or let down because His nature does not allow for it. He is the fixed, constant, Absolute One that will never be out of time or out of character—the fully permanent and fully present Jehovah.

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