July with Joel & Jude, Saved when we call on His Name


Be glad, people of Zion,
    rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
    because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
    both autumn and spring rains, as before.
The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
    the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. (Joel 2:23-24)

God is faithful and He provides for our needs. He is mighty to save us when we call on His Name.

There are over 900 names for God in the Bible, from Abba to Yahweh and hundreds in between. Each name has a special meaning and throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His names. What Name will you call?

There was only one person in Scripture was to name God? Do you know who she was? Hagar, a poor slave girl, seemingly invisible, abandoned to the desert, gives God the name “El-Roi”, which means “the God who sees” (Genesis 16:13). (For more about Hagar’s story and how God turns every “what if” into “so what!” click here)

God sees Hagar, right in her circumstances, right in her weakness, right in her desperation. He not only sees Hagar, He sends a messenger to her to encourage her and give confirmation about the direction she should take. From her crisis of faith Hagar becomes the only person in the Scripture to name God- what a powerful honor He gave to Hagar. God chose Hagar, a servant with no rights and no identity to be the person in the Bible to give Him a name.

God sees us, right in our circumstances, right in our weakness, and right in our desperation- just as He did Hagar. He is providing for our needs, working on our behalf, and mighty to save us when we call on His Name. He forgives us, transforms us, and saves us. Call on His Name! He is the God who sees!

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