This name for God is, well, it’s more than a name. It actually speaks more of relationship with God. The other names of God, Elohim, Jehovah Rappha, El Elyon, etc. that we have studied thus far are names of God whether we recognize them or not. But if God is your Adonai that is personal. That means He is Lord over your life, over all aspects of your life.
Adonai is the plural form of the word Adon. Adon means master, lord and in most cases it would be referring to a slave and his master. Whereas Adonai is the plural form, it could be pointing to the Trinity, God, the Father, God, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But it is also pointing to submitting all of yourself, everything you have, your future, your past, your present to the Lord. It speaks of being God’s total possession and the only way to that is through our total submission.
Abram was the first who referred to God as Adonai. It comes in the book of Genesis, specifically in Chapter 15 verses 1 – 6. It was when the Lord promised Abram that his offspring would outnumber the stars. Abram recognized that God had lordship over him. Not just that He was God, Elohim, El Elyon but that He was his Lord, his Adonai.
“Abram said, O Lord God, what will you give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Genesis 15:2
I can be guilty of not giving Him total submission. I may think he is Adonai to me in one area of my life, but am I allowing Him to be Adonai over all of my life? So many times when I realize things aren’t working out the way I want them to, and definitely not the way that feels best for me, if I look deep I realize it is because I am wanting to fix it rather than give it over to Him. We already saw that one of God’s names is Jealous. He is Jealous for us in that He wants all of us. Not just our Sunday mornings and occasional bible studies here and there. He wants to be Lord of our lives. He wants my submission of all the good, the bad and the ugly, hurt places. You know sometimes I find it easy to hand Him my hurt places and maybe hold close to me the good times and tend to want to do my own will rather than submit to Him.
Today I am praying that I hand it all to Him, I am going to lay it at the feet of Jesus and crawl up into my Abba~Daddy’s lap and I am going to say My Lord and give it all over to Him. You know what’s so great about God. There is room for you to do the same.