Knowing God by Name
One of my young grandsons recently felt quite confused. His family was moving from an apartment–the only place he’d ever lived—into their first house. The week before the move, Asher visited the house and played in the yard as his mom and dad painted walls and moved in boxes and smaller pieces of furnisture. As the week went on, the apartment grew emptier.
Asher, who is three, became confused. He loved the new house, and the trampoline out back, but he repeatedly asked his mom and dad, “Who lives here?”
Now, of course, the move is complete, and Asher knows who lives in that house. HE does, along with his brothers and his mom and dad!
Sometimes Christians are confused about where we live. We know we’re citizens of the kingdom of God, but unless we have a deep understanding of what that means, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the agenda of another kingdom—the kingdom of the world.
One way to understand the kingdom of God better is to get to know the One who rules it. And a good way to do that is to learn about the Bible’s many names and descriptive titles for God—like Creator, Healer, Provider, Shepherd, Lord of Heaven’s Armies, Savior, Comforter, Friend, I AM, and more.
God’s names tell us, after all, who He is and what He does. It gets easier for us to live as kingdom citizens, following and trusting God, the better we know Him and the more we love Him. This is true for children as well as for us adults, and that’s why I wrote my new book I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, which includes Bible stories, prayers, and devotions to help children (and parents and grandparents!) learn about 40 different names of God.
In this new year, I pray none of us will be confused about where we live. We are citizens of the kingdom of God, an eternal kingdom lovingly, wisely, righteously established and ruled by the incomparably great I AM.
Diane Stortz writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her books include Words to Dream On (a bedtime Bible storybook), Say & Pray Bible (for the littlest learners), and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God. Visit Diane at www.DianeStortz.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.