He is There!
Jehovah Shammah. This name of God speaks to me in a very unique way. Jehovah-Shammah is a name for God that is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. We find this name for God used in Ezekiel 48:35 (NLT): “The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord is There.’” The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration. The name has also become very symbolic to me. As stated in the Bible verse above it means: The Lord is There!
Let’s think about how this name, Jehovah-shammah, applies to us. So often you and I live our lives looking ahead to some event, some time in our lives, some potential disaster, some looming date. We may wonder what that date will bring to our lives or how we will survive it. Perhaps it is a doctor’s appointment or a deadline you can’t meet or bills you can’t pay or your loved one passing away . It could be a new job, a project, a divorce or heartbreak. Whatever this future event is, it causes you to have a knot in the pit of your stomach every time you think about it. Be it real or imagined, this future occurrence causes you huge amounts of stress, angst and worry.
Jehovah-Shammah. THE LORD IS THERE!! Our God is already in your tomorrow. He already knows what your future looks like and He has complete control over it. We are told in Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) that Jehovah-Shammah says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. THE LORD IS THERE!! You cannot be in your future now, but He can. You can’t control the future events of your life, but He can. Jehovah-Shammah will walk with you into whatever tomorrow holds because of His great love for you. God is THERE in your tomorrow and in my tomorrow. He simply desires that we trust Him.
We can draw encouragement from the words of Spurgeon: Do remember the Lord is there. Through floods and flames, if Jesus lead, I’ll follow where he goes. Anywhere with Jesus! Anywhere with Jesus! Nowhere would I be without him, but if he saith, “I am with thee,” then will I neither fear the floods nor the fires, nor death, nor life, things present, or things to come. This shall be my joyous trust and boast—”The Lord is there.”