The Personal God

Jeff Munroe

READ : Proverbs 15

The eyes of the Lord are in every place. (v. 3)

In other wisdom books of the Old Testament, the Hebrew word Elohim is used to refer to God. In Proverbs the word Yahweh is used. This is the personal name of God, the name God spoke to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). In chapters 15 and 16 of Proverbs, Yahweh is referred to 19 times.

The name Yahweh is usually used in the parts of the Old Testament more directly related to Israel’s redemption story—the stories of the exodus and Passover, the temple, and the Promised Land. Proverbs has no direct connection to Israel’s redemption story, but Yahweh’s name appears all through the proverbs. One commentator says it is useless to speculate why that happened, but important to explore what it means to use this name.

The God of the proverbs is the God we know: a dynamic, moving force, not a fixed, static object. Yahweh’s eyes are in every place. He is offended by evil. He tears down the houses of the wicked. He hears the prayers of the righteous. He didn’t just create the world and set it into motion; he is involved daily in what happens in our lives. This is the God we desperately want young people to know—and to know ourselves!

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for being active and involved in our lives.