I never knew there were so many names of God – I have seen 581 to be exact- but over the years, I have begun to continually look over the list of names that refer to God in the Bible – Jesus, Emanuel, Savior, True God, Holy Spirit, Creator are just a few. But there are others that we don’t often refer to that are less common. Branch, Root, Judge, Fountain, Abba and the list goes on.
It is a tradition within my church to choose a name of God to reflect on for the upcoming year. An attribute to claim as you enter a new year – afresh. And so as 2015 comes to a close and we begin 2016, I have chosen the name El HaNe’eman …. which means Faithful.
Faithful. A word that I cling to. A word that I will continue to cling to. That is what God asks of us. To remain Faithful. And so, as I head into 2016 with a renewed fervor. As I start a new school year. As I open my arms to what God has for me this year…. I want to constantly remind myself that God is faithful. I have seen this in my life. And I will trust that He who has begun a good work in me, will bring it to completion. He is faithful and just.
And my verse for the year….
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
If you would like to check out some names of God and claim one as your own, check out this link.