To Know Him By Name
As I wrote in this post from yesterday, in preparation for Easter I am reviewing some of my old stand-by books--this one is by Kay Arthur with illustrations by Timothy R. Botts.
Jehovah Nissi-The Lord is My Banner
Ever watch the Rose Bowl Parade? Every marching band will have a big, huge banner that goes before it telling who it is. God is our banner. He is our identification. Everything that banner says and stands for symbolizes all that we have access to through Christ.
The names of God reveal His character. It is Who He Is and He does not act against it. It is this very character that chose to grow a tree, to have it hewn into a cross, and to give His only Son to be crucified on it so that we might enjoy all the benefits of this steadfast, loving, loyal, righteous character. In the words of the lovely song:
He grew the tree that He knew would be
Used to make the old, rugged cross.
He is the self-existent One--
the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
He is Jehovah Sidkenu--the Lord our Righteousness.
Oh, to act wisely and pursue justice--a tall order but scripture tells us in James if we lack wisdom, we can ask for it. He is our wisdom.
Jehovah Shalom--The Lord Our Peace
As you prepare for Easter it is my prayer that
the Lord will bless and keep you,
that He will make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
That He will lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
2012--the year of less
My goal--less of me, more of Him, less clothes in my closet, less junk and stuff around the house, more simplicity--less disorder, more organization--
Pictures of calligraphy used by permission of Timothy R. Botts.
©all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted