OK, Readers, I’m pretty academic today. But I have good news to bring, and that is why I sing…! OOPS, that’s a song many of you may not have heard – That Good Ole Gospel Ship Don’t you love when your brain takes a detour and you find jewels in there!
Back to the good news – that is, you don’t have to remain in Wonderland. Wonder what I should do? No job, now what? Can’t pay rent, now what? Son is sick, now what? He wants a divorce, now what? You have a Guide, a Wonderful Counselor!
Back to academia. God as Jehovah-rohi is revealed in the 23rd Chapter of Psalms. The literal translation is “the Lord, my Shepherd.” Although the Jehovah names are not mentioned in this Psalm, God is clearly seen as Jehovah-jireh (Provider), Jehovah-shammah (Friend), Jehovah-nissi (Victor), and Jehovah-rophe (Healer), Jehovah-shalom (Peace).
I bring to your attention today to Jehovah-rohi as the God who leads and guides. Verse 3 “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” It is true that he loves you and wants what’s best for you, but he has even more at stake in your “right paths” than that! He wants your success for His Names Sake! His reputation is at risk if you don’t find the right path! In Exodus we see Moses saying to God, “What are your enemies going to say?”
However, I admit we do not always view “success” as God views success. A night in the Garden of Gethsemane may come before we get out of Wonderland. “But I don’t want that,” I say. He says, “Child, you get what you pay for.”
(Image above from Unspash)