YHWH

I saw the following on a friend’s (Jackie Jewell) post that I wanted to share with you.

There was a moment when Moses had the nerve to ask God what his name is. God was gracious enough to answer, and the name he gave is recorded in the original Hebrew as YHWH.

Over time we’ve arbitrarily added an “a” and an “e” in there to get YaHWeH, presumably because we have a preference for vowels.

But scholars and Rabbi’s have noted that the letters YHWH represent breathing sounds, or aspirated consonants. When pronounced without intervening vowels, it actually sounds like breathing.

YH (inhale): WH (exhale).

So a baby’s first cry, his first breath, speaks the name of God.

A deep sigh calls his name – or a groan or gasp that is too heavy for mere words.

Even an atheist would speak his name, unaware that their very breath is giving constant acknowledgment to God.

Likewise, a person leaves this earth with their last breath, when God’s name is no longer filling their lungs.

So when I can’t utter anything else, is my cry calling out his name?

Being alive means I speak his name constantly. So, is it heard the loudest when I’m the quietest?

In sadness, we breathe heavy sighs.

In joy, our lungs feel almost like they will burst.

In fear we hold our breath and have to be told to breathe slowly to help us calm down.

When we’re about to do something hard, we take a deep breath to find our courage.

When I think about it, breathing is giving him praise. Even in the hardest moments!

This is so beautiful and fills me with emotion every time I grasp the thought. God chose to give himself a name that we can’t help but speak every moment we’re alive.

All of us, always, everywhere.

Waking, sleeping, breathing, with the name of God on our lips.

  • Unknown Author

How Do I Trust God?

“In you, LORD my God, I put my trust” (Psalm 25:1).

Trust.

Here’s the funny thing about trust. When trust is not necessary, you don’t need trust in order to act.

When there’s good reason to act, when it makes perfect sense to do something, when it’s obvious what you should do, you don’t need trust. You just do it because it’s reasonable. Because it makes perfect sense. Because it’s obvious.

The only time you need trust is when things aren’t reasonable, or make sense, or obvious.

You see, life throws us curve balls. Life sometimes makes no sense. Sometimes, life just plain ol’ stinks. Life can hurt sometimes.

In those times, fear, pain, and uncertainty wants to paralyze us. It wants to keep us from living. And should we give into fear, pain, and paralysis…well…that would be sad.

“In you, LORD my God, I put my trust,” the psalmist wrote. You know why? Because the psalmist found himself in some difficult, crappy situations.

So, all those who refuse to give into fear, pain, and paralysis, well done!

As you trust, here’s what you do:

  • You keep praying
  • You keep believing
  • You keep reading the Bible
  • You keep trusting
  • You keep obeying
  • You keep praising
  • You keep growing

Got it?

You go, you God trusting people!!!

You Don’t Need to Understand to Believe

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:14).

I know many people who are unable to believe because they insist on understanding before they believe.

This is really silly.

We don’t live that way. There are many things we don’t understand and yet we still put our trust in them.

You don’t believe me? Why you…It’s all good.

Let me explain.

How many people getting on an airplane understands the principles of aerodynamics that allow a metal tube weighing several hundred tons to fly?

Yet, they get on airplanes by the hundreds of thousands every day.

Why? Because they’ve seen airplanes work.

You see, understanding is not necessary for believing something. You just need to know that it works.

That’s how it is with Jesus. You don’t need to understand before believing in Jesus. You just need to know that Jesus works.

The reason why I believe is because I know faith in God works. I could not imagine trying to make sense of the world I live in apart from God. The Bible helps me make sense of the world I live in.

I believe because I have seen faith work for so many people. I have seen faith work. People who should have been down and out because of failures, disease, death, trials, suffering are instead thriving and growing because of their faith in Jesus Christ. I’ve seen it!

Understanding is not necessary for belief. The only thing that is absolutely necessary is humility. You need to be ready to accept God, and accept that you are not God.

Just like you get on an airplane although you don’t understand how that airplane flies, it is perfectly reasonable to believe in God even though you don’t understand because you’ve seen faith work in others.

If you haven’t, look at the people at Little Church and Lakewoodgrace. You’ll see faith at work.