My Lenten Journey – Day 15

Continuing my 2020 Lenten Journey- with personal thoughts and commentary by Martha McDuff Wiggins on the book “Lord I Want To Know You” by Kay Arthur.

Day 15
Jehovah, The Self-Existent One

According to the study book, of all the names of God, Jehovah is the name most frequently used in the Old Testament. It’s root word, havah, means “to be, to become.”  Thus, the name Jehovah speaks to God’s being, or essence.

Nathan Stone, another Christian author who has written about the names of God, says, “…we must think of Jehovah as the Being who is absolutely self existent, the One who in Himself possesses essential life, permanent existence.”

In Exodus 3:14-15, as the Lord is speaking with Moses, we we learn who God Himself says He is.
I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.”

I personally love the following paragraph from the study book… The underline emphasis is mine. “Jehovah is the self-existent One — ‘I Am WHO I AM.’ He is the eternal I AM, the Alpha and the Omega, the same yesterday, today, and forever. All of life is contained in Him. Why do we look elsewhere? Why do we not rest in His unchangeableness? He has never failed. Would He begin with me or you? He cannot; He is Jehovah, the self-existent, covenant-keeping God.”

Jehovah was used to denote God very early on in Genesis, however, it’s full meaning remained veiled to His people. They didn’t come to understand Jehovah was the name that went with His covenant promise until the Lord revealed all to Moses, in Exodus 6:2-4. “I am the LORD {Jehovah} I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty {El Shaddai}, but by My name LORD {Jehovah}, I did not make Myself known to them. And I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.” (Note… whenever we see LORD in all capital letters in the Old Testament it is translated as Jehovah.)

So, we now know Jehovah, The Self-Existent One to be the beginning and the end (the Alpha and the Omega). We now know He is unchanging. We now know He is faithful to His promises from generation to generation. Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

What exactly does this mean for us?
It means we are NEVER without a name of God to call upon in our need!

Here are some of important examples of when you should run directly to Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, calling upon His name:

A)  Do you have doubts? At times do you doubt God’s very existence? If you can’t see Him or feel Him at work in your life, then He must not be real, right? Remember this Truth, even though you may have doubts, your doubts don’t change the fact that He IS. And He IS forever. Standing on that Truth run straight into His Hightower asking Him to show you He IS.

B)  Have you broken your promises to Him? Have you been living with or in sin? Remember this Truth, even though you may have broken your promise to Him, He can’t break His to you. He remains unchanged forever. His promises stand forever. Holding tightly onto that Truth run to Him in repentance, with a firm purpose of amendment, asking for both His mercy and His forgiveness.

C)  Have you fallen away from Church? Did you listen to the false teachings and promises of errant believers, only later to watch as jobs, relationships, or good health were taken away from you or your loved ones? Have you been told that these situations exist because you sinned, lacked faith, or didn’t believe hard enough, and therefore God is punishing you? Take heart and remember, in Exodus 34:5-7, the Lord proclaims Himself to be “…a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity, continuing his love for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.” Believing now in this Righteous Truth, run straight into His wide open loving arms, asking Him to bring you Home.

His existence is Eternal. He is Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is the name you can call upon forever.

Mental action to facilitate your Lenten Journey:
Read the following slowly and with intent:

God, the great I AM, created me in His image and likeness, entering into a Covenant with me; a Covenant of Compassion, Forgiveness, and Unwavering Everlasting Love.
Now close your eyes for a moment and picture Him signing, with His finger, His Covenant with you and then handing it over to you for safe-keeping. Now file it in your heart.

Further action if so inclined:
Lent is a season in which we should reflect on His passion and Crucifixion.
Close your eyes once again. Now imagine that same scene, this time with Christ signing the Covenant with His own blood.

In order for God to keep His Covenant with His people He sacrificed His only begotten beloved Son to die on the Cross. He did this in atonement for all the sins of mankind, mine and yours. In doing so, He gave us the Way to Life in Eternity with Jehovah, The Self-Existent One.

Why?  Why me? Why you?
Because He loves us each with an unfathomable unchangeable Love.


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