Upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives and as we grow as Christians, we become aware of the many names of God. Today, we will focus on the name: “Jehovah Nissi”
Knowing Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Our Banner
Exodus 17:15 (CSB)
15And Moses built an altar and named it, “The LORD Is My Banner.”
In Exodus chapter 17, during the Amalekites’ attack on the Israelites, Moses was on a hilltop with Aaron and Hur in order to intercede for the people of Israel during the battle. It was here and during this time, that God manifested himself as Jehovah Nissi. As Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed in the battle and if he put his hand down, Amalek prevailed. Moses’ arms began to grow weak but Aaron and Hur were there in place to lift and support Moses’ arms until the sun went down. Just as Aaron and Hur were there for Moses to assist him in the task he performed during the battle, He will also place others in our lives to “hold up our arms”; supporting us while carrying out God’s will.
We also see in Judges 6:14, how God appointed Gideon to save Israel from the Midianites and promised to be with him as they prevailed against the enemy (Midianites). As we look at both stories of Moses and Gideon, we can see the correlation of man’s weakness empowered by God’s strength, hence, Jehovah Nissi. Gideon’s Army had been reduced to 300 men, based on the Lord’s direction, despite the larger Army of thousands they were about to face. This was a clear indicator of God’s power, promise and a perfect example of God operating as Jehovah Nissi. Let us allow God to reign as Jehvoah Nissi in our lives. He is the Lord our banner who will fight for us and will always give victory to those who trust and believe in Him. Therefore, don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. In your weaknesses, God will make you strong, so that the plan for you life will prevail, even when it may seem impossible.