If you’re stopping by from my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotion, welcome! I’m so thankful you’re here!
I can hardly contain my excitement about our new Proverbs 31 Bible Study Class that begins March 7th. We’ll be using my new book and clips from my teaching DVDs, “I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.” Click here to learn more and stay connected with me through my blog for reminders on when and how to register.
If you’re a bit curious about what we’ll be studying, below are some great ways to get a taste of what you’ll find tucked between the covers:
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“I Know His Name” takes us on a journey through eight magnificent names of God.
Below is a peek into Chapter 5.
God our Rock
Hers is a story of heart break and hope. She longed to have a child, a son, to carry on the family line. But Scripture says of this woman, “God had closed her womb.”
Who was this woman? Her name was Hannah. Her culture labeled her barren. A failure … a social embarrassment. Her inability to conceive left her broken and empty.
So as was common in her culture, her husband took another wife, Peninnah, who could conceive. This broke Hannah’s heart. Peninnah ridiculed Hannah year after year, shaming her to the point of deep despair.
Even though Hannah’s husband loved her deeply and devoted himself to her, despair turned to desperation. When she couldn’t stand it anymore, Hannah traveled to the tabernacle, the place where God dwelled. She humbled herself before Him and offered a deal. If you give me a child, I will give him back to you to serve you all the days of his life. When Eli, the priest, saw Hannah praying, he comforted her and joined her in prayer, asking God to give her the desire of her heart.
Hannah’s was a prayer birthed from sorrow and suffering. She laid her soul bare before the Lord. She so longed for a son that once born, she was willing to sacrifice him and give him back to the Lord.
What an example for us! To not remain stuck in places of bitterness, unforgiveness, and despair. Emotions that hold us hostage and drag us down to dark and desperate places.
Instead, we must turn to our Father in Heaven. In Him alone we will find peace and hope, as Hannah did.
God met Hannah in this desperate place. And she met God in a very personal way.
Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel. When he turned three, Hannah honored her deal with God. She brought Samuel to the tabernacle and gave him to the Lord.
Hannah prayed these words as she surrendered her child to God:
My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God (1 Samuel 2:1-2).
The Voice says, “there is no rock as solid as our True God.”
It was in this dark and desperate place that Hannah had a personal encounter with God our Rock.
This name in Hebrew is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “Tsur” and is used to symbolize an immovable foundation. It depicts God’s constancy, strength, power and presence. He is our solid foundation … unshakeable … the underlying reality of all that we know to be good and true and real. In every trial, we can know that He is our Rock.
These words are NOT adjectives to describe God. They are His attributes. Expressions of His character.
Hannah found STRENGTH, CONSTANCY, and UNSHAKEALBLE CONFIDENCE in God.
And the great news!
Hannah’s God is our God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So when you’re having a hard week. When you feel is as if you’re on sinking sand. When life overwhelms. When you feel adrift amidst it all, call upon God our Rock!
When your mind shouts lies:
Don’t cry out to God. He’s not there.
You’re not worth it. He’s not listening.
Swallow that pill
Take that drink.
Listen to the Truth:
Cry out to God your Rock. He is there.
You are Worthy. He is listening.
Feed on the Bread of Life.
Drink the Living Water.
STAND on the Rock.
PRAY to the Rock.
“Thank You, Lord, that You alone are my ROCK and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2
“Thank You, Lord, my ROCK, that You alone can lift me out of this slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. You alone can set my feet upon a rock and give me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2
Anchor yourself to the Rock.
Meet more magnificent names of God in my new book “I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God” releasing TOMORROW! To learn more about the book and how to get a copy, click here.
Thank you for sharing part of your day with me. I have prayed for every person who would stop by today. For God our Rock to speak to you in a personal way through this post.
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I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 8th in a new post.