Praying Through the Names of God: A 40­-Day Devotional

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Day Thirty-Six: El Olam

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Everlasting God Who Never Changes

Without God revealing His everlasting nature we would never know about it. Olam speaks to all time before and all time after. In a process of self-revelation God revealed more and more of Himself, but El Olam tells us that God is constant. New revelations of His character to us are not changes in His character, but they are evidence of our ever developing intimacy with Him.

God revealed His eternal constant nature to give us comfort in a world that is always changing around us. When there seems to be nothing for us to grasp onto, God’s consistency is always there. It means that God is always available to us.

Psalm 102:27

“But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

Meditations

Do you feel like God, revealed to us as El Olam, is constant or do you feel like sometimes God changes His nature?

Repent of thinking of God as a human who might change His mind or change His character.
Pray and ask El Olam to show you where He has been constant when you have felt He has been changeable.
Listen and think about the safety there is in the constant nature of El Olam. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to you where He wants you to know you are safe.
Meditate on what we know of God through history revealed in the Bible or in your life. How can knowing His constant nature change the way you think about the future?

Day Thirty-Five: El Sim Chat Gili

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God My Exceeding Joy

There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is a temporary pleasure in our circumstances. It is an emotion based on outside influences that are unstable. In times of hardship the emotion of happiness is impossible.

However, scripture repeats from beginning to end that we can be joyful in our trials. Joy is that deep down satisfaction that comes when what we know is true of God—He is infinitely loving, He is always good, He is unceasingly forgiving—lines up with our experience of God. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances because it is found in the presence of God. We can have joy in our difficulties because we have the expectation that our good and loving Father is taking care of us, through the good and the bad times.

Psalm 43:3-5

“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your Holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar Of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Meditations

When have you experienced God as El Sim Chat Gili, your exceeding joy?

Repent of believing the struggles you go through are make it impossible for God to give you joy.
Pray and ask El Sim Chat Gili to give you the unquenchable joy your soul craves.
Listen and think and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you about the difference between happiness and joy.
Meditate and imagine El Sim Chat Gili in the midst of your circumstances. What does that look like? Can you see Him working in the midst of your troubles?

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