We want to dig deeper into God’s word today as we discuss strength this week.
What is God’s Strength?
“ELOHIM” (or Elohay) is the first name for God found in the Bible, and it’s used throughout the Old Testament over 2,300 times. Elohim comes from the Hebrew root meaning “strength” or “power,” and has the unusual characteristic of being plural in form.
Plural? That struck me as I was reading. It was a quick reminder of the Trinity: Father, Son, Spirit.
I wanted to dig in and understand the plural nature of Elohim. This is what I found:
The Bible speaks of the Father as God (Philippians 1:2), Jesus as God (Titus 2:13), and the Holy Spirit as God (Acts 5:3–4). The personhood of each member of the Trinity means that each Person has a distinct center of consciousness. Thus, they relate to each other personally — the Father regards Himself as “I” while He regards the Son and Holy Spirit as “You.” Likewise the Son regards Himself as “I,” but the Father and the Holy Spirit as “You.” the Holy Spirit is not an it, but a He (see John 14:26; 16:7–15; Acts 8:16). The fact that the Holy Spirit is a Person, not an impersonal force (like gravity), is also shown by the fact that He speaks (Hebrews 3:7), reasons (Acts 15:28), thinks and understands (1 Corinthians 2:10–11), wills (1 Corinthians 12:11), feels (Ephesians 4:30), and gives personal fellowship (2 Corinthians 13:14). [excerpt from Desiring God]
As I was researching on DesiringGod.com, I loved reading this explanation of the Trinity because it brings a deeper understanding of the God we call Elohim.
Although they are operating and relating in three distinct persons, they are ONE in essence. God’s essence is His being. The God (Elohim) of the Bible is the Strength of all three persons of God’s essence.
“The Essence of God’s Being is Our Perfect Strength”
It might seem like that is obvious to us until we begin to think about how we truly see God. In our human nature, we tend to reduce the power and strength of God into human terms.
We live in human flesh with restraints and limits and we often forget, as the Israelites did, how incredibly powerful God is and that this power is of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit together. After all, God (in three persons) is the creator, sustainer, and consummator of all things (e.g., Gen 1; Pss. 11; 104; Isa. 40:12-31; Jer. 32:17-22; Job 38-39; and Acts 17:26 -27).
How are you seeing God today? Do you see His strength now in your pregnancy or have you already forgotten His name? Are you relying on Him when you feel weak?
When We Are Weak
And when we doubt, what should we do? We must remember who God is and what it means that we call Him Elohim. Scripture says, “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:1).
We must remember that the Lord truly is high and lifted up. That means He is above every name that is named, every kingdom that ever will be, every power, every principality, every circumstance, every trial—He is above it all! Nothing escapes His attention, and nothing is allowed to happen without His permission.
When we recognize what the name Elohim means, we see just how incredible it is that He holds out His outstretched arm. It is then that we find ourselves able to fully surrender to God’s amazing strength, to overcome our challenges, to fulfill His incredible promises to us, and to glorify Him in Birth.
Have you begun to surrender to Him today? Have you repented of thinking your own strength is greater than His outstretched arm? Do you hunger for the abundant blessing in store when we come before God, asking for His supernatural strength? Speak with Elohim today and invited Him into your pregnancy, labor and birth! He’s eagerly waiting to hear from you, waiting with an outstretched arm.
Prayer to Pray for the Week:
Father, help me to remember your mighty Strength this week as I struggle with my own. Remind of your name, Elohim.
Elohim is combined with other words to describe certain characteristics of God. Some examples: Elohay Kedem – God of the Beginning (Deuteronomy 33:27). Elohay Mishpat – God Of Justice (Isaiah 30:18). Elohay Selichot – God Of Forgiveness (Nehemiah 9:17). Elohay Marom – God Of Heights (Micah 6:6). Elohay Mikarov – God Who Is Near (Jeremiah 23:23). Elohay Mauzi – God Of My Strength (Psalm 43:2). Elohay Tehilati – God Of My Praise (Psalm 109:1). Elohay Yishi – God Of My Salvation (Psalm 18:46). Elohim Kedoshim – Holy God (Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19). Elohim Chaiyim – Living God (Jeremiah 10:10). Elohay Elohim – God Of Gods (Deuteronomy 10:17).
A Song to Meditate on this Week