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Have you ever had the opportunity to look at the names of God?

I had just that chance earlier this week. In an effort to prepare for this upcoming year in Bible study, those of us who are in leadership – a very loosie goosie term for all of us, especially me, to say the least – were given a list of the names of God and asked to choose one, research it and share what we found out when we all met for training.

Now, if you’re anything like me, this is a momentous task. I looked at the email with the names of God listed on it and there looked like there were a bazillion there. And, I just went, ‘no way, there is no way, with everything else going on, my son going back to school, me catching up with work among a trillion other things, that I’m going to have time to look up more than one of these.’

I literally put my head down right there in front of my computer screen, and said, “God you need to show me which name, because there is just no way.”

And, the amazing thing about God is that He did.

I looked back at the list and the name “El Hay” popped out. Now, I’d never seen this name of God before which is no big surprise, and I had no idea what it meant. But, being internet-centric, I immediately did a Google search.

The definition? The living God.

So the too numerous to mention references to God in the Bible seemed to run  through my mind, ‘He holds out His righteous right Hand’, ‘all day long He calls’, ‘I go to prepare a place for you’, ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’. All of the references to Him that I could think of are in the present active tense, the tense of someone who is very much alive and active.

Then the picture of what Ezekiel saw when he encountered God for the first time came to mind. This God who Ezekiel saw can only be described as living. Not only did Ezekiel fall down with fear every time he saw Him, but God was so infused with light on His throne that Ezekiel could barely look at Him, couldn’t really see Him for all the light.

Then Isaiah 46: 5 came to mind,  “To whom will you compare me or count me equal?  To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?”

No one, because who can you compare a living God too? Absolutely no one.

But, the most amazing thing to me was that all the other names of God that show us His character, His nature, the way He cares for each one of us, hinge on the fact that He is living.

El Emunah, the faithful God, can’t be faithful if He doesn’t live.

Elohim Ozer Li, God my helper, can’t help us if He doesn’t exist.

Jehovah Jirah, my provider, can’t get you what you need when you need it if He’s not active and alive.

I could go on with every name of God, but the bedrock is the same, without the understanding that He is the living God, the only one, we have a really difficult time grasping the rest of His names and what they represent about who He is.

And that’s part of the problem we have isn’t it? Because we can’t see Him, touch Him, hear Him all the time, we tend to forget that He is living. We forget that He is alive and active, working all the time, caring about us all the time, seeing the lost, the outcast, the brokenhearted all the time.

And we don’t tend to treat Him as if He is living. We have a way of treating Him like He is an inanimate idol, or a god to be taken down off the shelf when times get rough and to be put back when times get better, instead of  a vibrant living God who we can have the best relationship of our lives with.

Because at the end of the day, that’s what this living God wants from us, the best relationship of our lives and He paid a heavy price to offer that to us.

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.When can I go and meet with God?”

Psalm 42:2

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