The Lord, the God of your fathers-the God of Abraham-the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob…This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation (Exodus 3: 15).
Who is the true God? For the Christian – that is those who believe in the God of the Holy Bible as the one and only true God – our God is the “LORD” God. The LORD God is the God from all eternity. He created the universe in which we live. He is the great I AM (Exodus 3:14), the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. He is the God who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1: 8).
Many of us use the words God bless you or God be with you in conversation. We may use these words as a welcome greeting or a farewell. We may use them in response to sad news or happy news, or it may be a way of saying thank you for an act of kindness. Many times we say these words without a lot of thought.
Unfortunately the name “god” has become a pretty neutral term encompassing many different entities which exclude the true God. Wishing people well in the name of God or asking His blessing on others is a wonderful thing, but in this 21st century we must differentiate between the one and only true God, and Allah, for example, or Buddha, or the many false gods of the Hindu religion, in conversation.
Next time you wish God’s blessing on someone try to remember to include the descriptive name LORD before God bless you. In this way you are professing the true God without question. The true God is the only God who is LORD.
May the Lord God bless you! Amen.
…Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24: 15).