WHAT’S IN A NAME? EVERYTHING (6)                              Ezekiel 48:30-35

“It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.” (v35)

During Israel’s twenty-fifth year of captivity, Ezekiel the prophet received from God His name Jehovah-Shammah The Lord is there. God described Israel’s future home, Jerusalem, saying, “And the name of the city… shall be, The Lord is there (Jehovah – Shammah) It applied not only, “Immanuel,” like Jehovah – Shammah, means, “the Lord is with us” (Isaiah 7:14) And it means at all times, in all places, under all circumstances, and for all of us. God is ever available and ever present. David proclaimed “I can never escape from your Spirit. I can never get away from your presence. If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me and your strength will support me.” (Psalm 139:7-10 NLT) Do you remember how fear, loneliness, and helplessness disappeared when you were in your mom’s or dad’s presence? In Israel’s deepest despair God’s response was always, “I am with you.” Those words guaranteed that their needs would always be met. And today, God is saying to you, “I’m with you,” and “neither death, life, angels, spirit-powers, present or future fears, height, depth, nor anything else in all creation will ever separate us” (Romans 8:38-39) That promise extends to all God’s redeemed children – reach out and grasp it. (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: Thank You, Lord, for the high honour of being there for me. May my life so imitate You that others will know that You are the pursuit of my life and the rabbi of my soul. Amen.

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