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Although I love the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in particular, this name of God speaks to me in a very unique way. First, let’s examine the meaning of this name and then seek to apply it to our lives.
Jehovah-Shammah is a name for God that is symbolic of Jerusalem. We find this name for God used in:
"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.'" (NLT)
At the height of the idolatry of God’s chosen people, God withdrew His presence not only from the temple but even from the city of Jerusalem. Such was his anger and displeasure over the repeated rebellion of the Israelites that He said, in effect, “I’ve had it. I’m out of here.”
When God’s presence departed the temple, it signaled to the Israelites and all who dwelt around them that God had removed His hand of protection from them. They would ultimately be scattered to the four corners of the earth and taken captive by surrounding nations.
God did not completely wash His hands of the Israelites, however. His love and mercy were always with them, continually drawing them back to Himself. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God promised a restoration of the nation and a return of His presence to Jerusalem. In that day the city would be called Jehovah-Shammah. That very prophecy came true when the exiles returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls. God’s presence returned to the temple in the form of a tiny baby brought to the temple to be offered back to God by his parents, Joseph and Mary.
Let’s think about how this name, Jehovah-Shammah, applies to us. So often you and I live our lives looking ahead to some event, some time in our lives, some potential disaster, some looming date. We may wonder what that date will bring to our lives or how we will survive it. Perhaps it is a doctor’s appointment or a court date or your child leaving home or your mate passing away. It could be a new job, a divorce, or moving from a place that you have called home for many years. Whatever this future event is, it causes you to have a knot in the pit of your stomach every time you think about it. Be it real or imagined, this future occurrence causes you huge amounts of stress, angst, and worry.
Jehovah-Shammah. THE LORD IS THERE! 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 inthat Jehovah-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.” (NLT)
THE LORD IS THERE! You cannot be in your future now, but He can. You can’t control the future events of your life, but He can. Jehovah-Shammah will walk with you into whatever tomorrow holds because of His great love for you. God is THERE in your tomorrow and in my tomorrow. He simply desires that we trust His heart.
Copyright © Leah Adams. Used by permission.
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