Starting this month, I will posting one of God’s name each week. Did you know there are over two hundred and fifty names assigned to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? It takes multiple names to describe them and the work they do.
Quoting from THE NAMES OF GOD BY George W. Knight, “…...your understanding will be enriched by their different translations of other names. For example, the KJV’s Daysman as a name for Jesus is rendered Umpire by the NASB and the NRSV, and as Someone to Arbitrate” by the NIV. Thus, the idea suggested by this name is that Jesus serves like a referee or impartial judge who speaks to God the Father on our behalf.”
Interesting, huh? I I might not have thought of some of these as names because they’re not all capitalized. I’ve read them but never considered how they were actually a name of God. Sometimes I will elaborate, like today, sometimes I won’t. I hope you will find this as interesting and as inspirational as I plan on doing. This is new territory for me as well. Today God is:
“Abba, Father,: he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
This is one of my favorites for exactly the opposite reason you might think. Because I wasn’t close to my earthly father, it comforts me to know that I haven’t lost out at all. I like thinking of God in this sense. It feels like all the hugs I didn’t get, all the affirmations I didn’t receive. I’m not trashing my father at all. As I grew older and had children he turned into a good grandfather for which I’ve always been extremely grateful.
There are probably many people who find this particular name of God hard to grasp. It’s hard to comprehend a loving father if you didn’t experience it growing up. There’s no frame of reference. So you kind of have to grow into that relationship. It took me a while as well. To you I say, let God be that father to you. It worked for me.