Names of God: Adonai

Why are there so many names for God? Why is it important that we know what they are and what they mean? Our finite, human brains cannot fully comprehend the majesty and glory of who God is. Yet through the various names of God, He chooses to reveal Himself to us so we can come to understand the many personal characteristics of God. His names reveal His power, authority, and holiness. The better we understand and know the names of God the more personal He becomes to us and as we pray, we can call on His name that corresponds with our need. Finally, because the Bible instructs us to honor, fear, and respect God and to not use His name in vain, we need to know exactly what His names are and what they mean. Today, we look at the name El-Kanna

Today’s Name: Adonai

An encounter with Adonai:

In Exodus 4:10, Moses is talking with God at the burning bush. He uses both Jehovah and Adonai as he tries to explain to God, why God has the wrong man for the job.

Moses said to the LORD [Jehovah], “Please Lord [Adonai], I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

Exodus 4:10

Dr. Tony Evans writes:

“Moses may not have understood the potential of God’s power in his life, but at least he understood who runs the show. Too many people want access to God’s power without giving Him the right to own them. The truth is that God isn’t going to give you more of Jehovah by revealing Himself and His ways to you if you’re not willing to confess Him as Adonai – if you’re not willing to surrender ownership of your time, thoughts, talents, and treasures to Him.”

Our Problem

Dr. Evans continues with, “Our problem in the body of Christ is that too many Christians want God to get them to heaven, but they don’t want God to own them on earth. But unless there’s an Adonai confession of God, then your Jehovah experience of His self-revelation will be limited. You may hear His Word — you may even say, “God’s promises are true; amen” — yet the fulfillment of those promises in your life are often tied to your level of surrender to Him as Adonai.”

Dr. Tony Evans, The Power of God’s Names, 2014, LifeWay Press, Nashville, TN, p.57

Father, we confess you as our Adonai, our owner. We humbly submit to your will. Thank you for caring for us and our well-being. Thank your providing for us, and protecting us. Father, show us who You are as we discover and learn about your many names. Reveal to us why You are worthy of being called the One True, Living God. Teach us to unabashedly love you, respect Your name, and serve only You. Make your character known to us so we can live and walk in your image. Amen.

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