Jehovah Nissi – The Lord my Banner
This phrase is only mentioned in Exodus 17:15. Moses and the Israelites had just overcome the Amalekites. Afterwards, Moses built an altar and named it Jehovah Nissi, recognizing that it was only through God’s power that they won the battle.
A banner, in this case, is lifted up for all to see and represents an ideal, belief or group and precedes those who follow it. We all look towards something whether it is ourselves, another person, science, mysticism, something “spiritual” or God. Whom or what we focus on can shape our lives.
Trying to live under God’s banner is difficult. Trying to live the life that God has called us, to be a peculiar people to witness to those around us, to live a life in such a way as to show others who Jesus Christ is can only be done with God’s power, with God paving the way for us to follow.
For a Christian, God is always before us, the one we look to, the one to whom we look to get direction. He is our power and our strength, which can be given by no other thing or person.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1.
It is also written, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10.
There is no greater banner to follow than that of God. We may do our planning but it is God who will direct our paths (Proverbs 16:9). To do otherwise can bring frustration, delays, and even defeat.
As we look to God-our-Banner, we can know that He’s already gone before us, preparing the way, so that when we do our part and God does His, victory comes, all to His glory.