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 Jehovah.
Today’s Name: El De’ot
An encounter with El De’ot
David personally knew and understood God as El De’ot – the God of Knowledge. Read Psalm 139:1-6 below:
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
What does “omniscient” mean?
We usually use the word “omniscient” when talking about the all-knowing God. Omniscient means all-knowing. God is all all-knowing in the sense that He is aware of the past, present, and future. There is nothing that happens in our lives that takes him by surprise.
What that means for us is that life might throw us for a loop, but never God. In fact, God is always at work in our lives today for what will happen in our lives tomorrow and in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Because He is all-knowing, He is right now working out all my tomorrows.
Omniscient means “all-knowing.” Because God is all-knowing, He is right now working out all my tomorrows.Tweet
What Does El De’ot look like in my life?
Because God is all know, nothing in our lives simply happens by chance. So how do we recognize El De’ot at work in our lives? Maybe that looks like Him placing someone in our lives who faced a similar situation who can offer us Godly wisdom and advice. You can also recognize Him through an unexpected raise or financial gift for the unexpected (or expected) home or auto repair. It can also look like Him leading you to a certain Scripture in your daily Bible reading time or through a sermon your pastor preaches so that verse will bring you strength, courage, peace, or comfort for the trial you will face. When the trial comes, the Holy Spirit will recall it to your mind and it will be the exact thing you need in that moment.
How should we respond to El De’ot?
So having an all-knowing God should be a great comfort to us, especially when we are facing difficult times. We never have to wonder if God is aware of what we are going through. Not only does He know – He knew it would happen before it did and He was at work to place exactly what or who you needed to be able to withstand the trial. In every single moment of our lives, God is at work. And He will work all things out for our good. He is for us and nothing can separate us from His love. Therefore, our only appropriate response is to offer Him praise and thanksgiving – even when life is hard.
El De’ot, thank you that you are all-knowing and that right now your are working out my tomorrows. 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.
Names of God: El De’ot. Meaning: “The God of Knowledge” Where is it in the Bible? 1 Samuel 2:3 and Psalm 139:1-6Tweet