Names are important. I’m Deborah, which means “bee” in Hebrew. In the Old Testament Book of Judges, Deborah is a heroine, prophetess, army leader, and victory songwriter. I like that!
God goes by a number of names in the Bible to help us understand who he is. Same with Jesus and the helper God sent us, the Holy Spirit. Here are a few of those names, with some synonyms (in parentheses).
The Chief Cornerstone (Our Key Ingredient) Without it, the structure (or recipe) would fall apart. “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” I Peter 2:6
The Narrow Way (Our Mapquest) The path from point A to point B. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
The Good Shepherd (OK, I’m going out on a limb here…Our Good Sherpa)
Our guide, protector, the one who sacrifices for our good, the one who knows the way. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
John 10:11, 14
The Vine (Our Electronic Circuit) The connection between the power source and the end product. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
The Foundation (Our Rock) What we build our lives on. What doesn’t compromise or give way when we compromise or give way. What demands our commitment. What never fails. “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.” Luke 6:48
Love (Our Greatest Desire) What do we yearn for the most? Unconditional love and acceptance. He is love in its purest form. (When I forget everything else,
I hang on to that.) “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John 4:7-8
Isaiah 9:6 says this about the name of Jesus. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Wonderful (Admirable, Amazing, Astounding, Awe-inspiring (and those are just some “A” synonyms for wonderful!)
Counselor (Our Therapist, Listener, Guide) He is tireless in guiding us to Truth, but doesn’t force his will on us (true-to-form for a great counselor). He gives us a lifetime to find it.
Mighty God (Our Core Strength) Using a Pilates analogy, God is our core, and he is strong. Using a similar analogy, we can get our spine and whole body in alignment with him.
Everlasting Father (Our No-Fail Parent) …which not one of us is and not one of us had.
Prince of Peace (Our Answer to Angst) “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Exodus 3:13-14 says this about the name God uses for himself. “Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Thesaurus.com comes up blank on a synonym for “I am.” God just is.