Have you ever second-guessed a decision you’ve made? Me too. In my time alone with God today, He reminded me, “Sheryl, I am your master.” Today we are marinating on the promises found in the name of God that means Adonai.
Our God, Adonai, is the supreme master over all authorities, and we belong to Him. We can trust this sovereign Lord, master Adonai, to direct our lives and guide our actions. This authoritative title is translated Master, Lord, or Sovereign. To abide in the living God, Adonai, we must say yes to His lordship over our lives. We can trust His kind direction and abide in peace as He guides our decisions.
The Blue Letter Bible explains, “In the Old Testament Adonai occurs 434 times. There are many uses of Adonai in Isaiah (e.g., Adonai Jehovah). It occurs 200 times in Ezekiel alone and appears 11 times in Daniel.Adonai is the verbal parallel to Yahweh and Jehovah. Adonai is plural; the singular is adon. In reference to God the plural Adonai is used. When the singular adon is used, it usually refers to a human lord. ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain’ (Exodus 20:7), sometimes Adonai was used as a substitute for Yahweh (YHWH). Adonai can be translated literally as ‘my lords’ (both plural and possessive).”
If you’ve ever rented a house, you remember what it was like to live with the landlord’s (the master’s) rules. You took good care of your rental, you asked permission before you painted the walls, and the landlord took care of the repairs. That’s the way it is when we submit our “temple” (our body) to Adonai. We are not our own. God is a gracious landlord who has given us boundaries for living. When we follow the Master’s rules and stay within his boundaries, we walk in his will and abide in his peace.
Exalt and praise Adonai, our Sovereign Master, worthy of the highest honor and our total obedience. Because of Jesus’ obedience on the cross, you and I have been “bought with a price” (I Corinthians 16:20). The apostle Paul called himself a “bond-servant of Jesus Christ.” This is someone who willingly chose to serve his master, belonging to his owner with no freedom to leave. Jesus came to live His life on earth as a servant of God, and His example speaks to us. He told his disciples, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).
Are you second-guessing a decision you’ve made? Trust Adonai by completely submitting and surrendering your time, talent, and treasure to Him. Let Him be Lord and Master of your life, relying on His authority to usher you into a place of confidence and hope. Peace is a result when we have submitted to God fully and serve Him as good stewards of all He entrusts to us.
Adonai, Lord and Master, thank you for your authority. I chose to submit and commit fully and completely to you. Thank you for the prayer of David in Psalm 125:1–2: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mt Zion which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore.” Thank you for the confidence and courage to do your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.