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What's in a Name Part Seven

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted February 27, 2015

RELIGION – My wife was a psychology major in college. It helps as she deals with me; I have a whole host of issues. But she says that one of my post pressing personal issues is my struggle with is object permanence. Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen. You see I am not the best when it comes to finding things. We have a huge and well stocked pantry, if you live on the Westside and need a can of Shoepeg Corn, we got you covered. The only problem is that I will not be able to find it.

When I look at the pantry I only see the objects that are in the front and seem to forget to look behind the cans of Kidney beans to find the Shoepeg Corn and save you a trip to Bi-Lo. I just forget and fail to remember all the cans behind the first row.

Most of the time, the issue of object permanence is resolved by the age of two. That is why we as adults don’t find the game of peek-a-boo very fun; we know the person behind the blanket is still there even if we can’t see them! I tell you all this is say that I think many of us struggle with spiritual object permanence. We forget that God is there when we cannot see, sense, or feel Him.

This week’s name of God is Yahweh-shammah. We find this name for God used in Ezekiel 48:35 “The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord is There.’” The backdrop of this name is important to understand. Ezekiel was writing during the height of the idolatry of the Israelites. God had made it clear earlier in the book that He had withdrawn His presence from the temple, and from the whole city of Jerusalem. God’s anger and displeasure over the repeated rebellion and idolatry of the Israelites was so severe that He said, in effect, “I’ve had it. I’m out of here.”

But thankfully God’s word tells us that “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalms 30:5

So God did not completely wash His hands of the Israelites. His love and mercy were always with them, continually drawing them back to Himself. Ezekiel, at the end of his book, is prophesying a future restoration of the nation and a return of His presence to His people.

The name “the LORD who is there” sounds sort of plain and boring. But this is huge! Think about how this name Yahweh-shammah, applies to us. When you are waiting on the results on a test from the doctor: The LORD is there. When you feel all alone and unloved: The LORD is there. When you are struggling with temptation: The LORD is there. When you are at your wits end with your children: The LORD is there. When your divorce was just finalized: The LORD is there. When your leave the funeral of a loved one: The LORD is there.

Keep in mind The LORD is there. It is not the LORD was there or the LORD will be there soon. He is there right now with you! Though we may let our problem with spiritual object permanence get in the way, though we might let circumstance or fears stand tall in front of Him, however, Yahweh-shammah, The LORD is always there!

•    When you are afraid: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
•    When you are sharing your faith: Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
•    When you feel powerless and alone: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
•    When you are tempted to spend money you don’t have: Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
•    When you are facing your own potential death and mortality: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
•    When you have fallen down into sin: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Please keep in mind that our God is already in your tomorrow. He already knows what your future looks like and He has complete control over it. We are told in Jeremiah 29:11 that Yahweh-shammah says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. You cannot be in your future now, but He can. You can’t control the future events of your life, but He can. Yahweh-shammah will walk with you into whatever tomorrow holds because of His great love for you. God is THERE in your tomorrow and He simply desires that we trust His plan for our lives!

Getting back to searching for a can of Great Northern Beans!

Pastor Phillip

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