Lately my thoughts have been on relationship and communication. In order for any relationship to be successful there has to be good communication, right? The Bible repeatedly communicates the importance of prayer.
We are told to pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17), enthusiastically (James 5:16) and expectantly (Matthew 21:22).
I have this desire building in me constantly to dive deeper into prayer. I crave a close intimate relationship with God.
However I feel like I keep hitting a barricade. Searching my heart the question came to mind: Do I trust God? Do I really trust God? I think I do, but does my life reflect that? As I was working through this question I stumbled upon this verse:
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O
, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 ESV
Such an appropriate verse for what I was working though, right?! I love the Holy Spirit’s timing. This verse says that those who know His name put their trust in Him. God has more names than I could count and each one gives a glimpse of who He is. His name is Jehovah Rapha which means He is the Lord that heals. His name is Jehovah Shalom which means He is our peace. He is Jehovah Jireh. He is our provider. The names go on and on. His names are a description of who He is.
So knowing who He is causes us to put our trust in Him. When we know Him to be a healer we can trust Him to heal. When we know Him to be our provider we can trust Him to provide. The verse goes on to say assure us that He will not forsake those who seek Him.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all of your heart
.” (ESV) God promises to be found by those who seek Him. So maybe you are like me today. Maybe there is this burning desire in you for more of God but at the same time there’s this root of doubt deep in your heart. Maybe you like me need to learn or be reminded of His names so that you can strengthen your trust in Him. Maybe you need Him to remind you that He is our peace. Maybe you need to experience that He is our healer. Maybe you just need to know Him as El Shaddai, our Lord God Almighty. Whatever you need He has promised that if we seek Him out we will find Him. When we find Him we will learn more of who He is. The more we understand who He is the more we trust Him.
He will be found by the seekers. Let’s live like seekers.