Summary: The God of Jacob is the one who answers when call upon Him.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come; behold the works of the LORD, what desolations He hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
God is described by many names in the Scriptures. For example, He is called:
1. Jehovah Shamah meaning ‘I am there’. Jesus says “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the ends of the earth” He also says:
“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee”. (Isaiah 49:15)
In summary, we are the ones that forsake God; He does not forsake us.
2. Jehovah Shalom; meaning:-
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)
There was a brother who liked this verse and recited it every day and aloud. He had a friend who did not want to accept Christ as Saviour. One day, the unbelieving friend asked him to stop disturbing him with his recitation. The brother told him that any time he was in trouble; he should remember the God of peace. One day, the unbelieving friend, was in his pharmacy when a little girl came to buy medicine for her mother. The man, who was fast asleep, woke up to attend to the girl. He gave her the first bottle in sight and the girl ran home. Suddenly, the man realised that he had sold out poison to the girl. He did not know her and so could not know where she could have gone. It dawned on him that he was about to kill a woman and if that happened, he would be in trouble. His license would be withdrawn and would probably be jailed. Suddenly, he remembered his friend who had told him to call on the God of peace, whenever he was in trouble. For the first time in his life, he prayed to God. At that very moment, he saw the girl coming back crying. She said she fell as she was running with the bottle and the bottle got broken. The man gave a sigh of relief and that was how he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Jehovah Jireh
It means the Lord will provide.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
4. Jehovah Nissi
The Lord our victor
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.
5. Jehovah Rapha
The Lord that healeth thee.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”.
Most of these names are a description of God’s character. They sound as if they are the observation of someone looking at Him and describing Him.
Elijah addressed Him as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.
“And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench”.