I have a Facebook friend that I have tremendous respect for. He loves the Lord and his country. He is a patriot who obviously works hard to stay well-informed about what’s going on in this deeply troubled nation. He shares his thoughts regularly in very articulate posts. I love reading what he says, and I would say I agree with most of it.
But every time I read one of his posts, I feel depressed and a little worried.
I’m sure he would say, “Good, that’s the point. Maybe when we get depressed and worried enough, we’ll rise up and take our country back.” Fair enough, but until that day comes, I don’t want to walk around feeling depressed and worried.
So here’s the question: How can I stay plugged into all the problems and needs around me without always feeling like I want to slit my wrists?
One thing that helps me is to think about the various ways God is referred to in the Bible. For example:
Jehovah-Jireh means “The God who provides.” A nice thing to remember when your hope, strength, faith, or provisions are running low.
Jehovah-Rapha means “The God who heals.” A nice thing to remember when your body or your heart or your marriage is broken.
Jehovah-Nissi means “The God who is our banner.” A nice thing to remember when you have to march against an enemy stronghold.
Jehovah-Roi means “The God who is my shepherd.” A nice thing to remember when you feel confused and aimless.
Jehovah-Shalom means “The God who is my peace.” A nice thing to remember when your stomach is tied up in knots.
El Shaddai means “Almighty God.” A nice thing to remember when it seems like Satan is getting the upper hand.
El Elyon means “God Most High.” A nice thing to remember when people and ideas seem to be trying to usurp God.
It was A.W. Tozer who said that your view of God will determine how great your religion is. I believe it’s equally true that your view of God will determine how peaceful your heart is.
What’s in a name? In the case of some names, not much. In the case of God’s name, everything we need.