Ezekiel 48:35 NKJV
All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.”
The nation of Israel went through a lot of highs and lows. In one season they are serving God in another season they are worshiping idols. At this point the presence of God had left them which meant that they were exposed. Things were not good.
Through the prophet Ezekiel God gives a prophetic word encouraging his people that his presence will be restored and so will the city of Jerusalem and the city would be called Jehovah Shammah meaning The Lord is There.
To us today this not just a promise but the reality we live in. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the day of pentecost, we know we are never alone. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit our helper would be with us forever, he promises never to leave us nor forsake us.
We serve a God who is ever present, a God who is THERE! This has a much deeper meaning. It means our God is in our past, he is right here with us in the present, and he is also in our future.
We have a tendency to get worried about our past and the wrongs and mistakes we have done but through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, our past is taken care of, God is in our past. We also get worried and anxious about our future because we do not know what will happen but we have a God who tells us not to be anxious about anything. A God who promises us that all things no matter what will work out for our good if we stick with him because he is already in our future and he knows what lies ahead. He is also the God who is ever present in our now.
Truly we can say; Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is THERE! The Lord is PRESENT !
Do you ever worry about your past? What are some of the things you worry about?
Are you worried about your present, do you feel like God has abandoned you? Why?
Do you believe God has a good plan for your tomorrow or do you constantly worry about the future?