By Pastor S. Zurcher
Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:15
“But what about you,” [Jesus] asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15
I have given and been given many nicknames. I gave these nicknames to strangers, that became acquaintances, that became close friends.
God says His name is Yahweh, translated to “I Am” or “I Am who I Am.” He allows us the joy of discovering who He is. The Bible includes a long list of nicknames man has given to God. They weren’t given because of reading or others’ stories but because of a close relationship.
Names include Strength and Song (Moses); Shepherd and Stone of Israel (Jacob); Creator, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, and Light to the nations (Isaiah); Deliverer, Rock, Fortress, and Shield (David); Author and Perfecter of faith, Father of mercies, and Holy Servant (Paul); King of the nations (Jeremiah); Rabbi and Good Teacher (disciples); Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (Peter); and Lawgiver and Judge (James). And we’ve hardly begun.
Each Gospel, four stories about Jesus by four different men, describes Jesus perfectly yet differently. This is not because God changes; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It’s because a relationship builds special bonds between two people. A strong father to one can also be a loving husband or a trusted friend to another.
Likewise, our nickname for God is determined by our close relationship with Him. To me God is Healer. Maybe it’s a good time to evaluate your relationship. Who is your God?

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