What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Genesis 17:15

You shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 

I once went to a conference in which I had purchased my ticket on-line. I filled out my registration according to my legal name, “David S. Cushing”. You see, Stanley is my middle name. My credit card payment went through, and I received an e-mail confirmation. Much to my surprise, when I arrived, there were formal Name Tags printed out. Mine read,”My Name Is: David Cushing”. I picked up the name tag, put it on, and thought, “I guess I’ll be my son for the day!”

Our names mean something. They give us our identity. When someone we have recently met remembers our name, it lets us know they care enough to have learned who we are.

The Bible tells us that God changed Sarai’s name to Sarah. By God giving her this new name it was confirmation that she wasn’t only Abraham’s wife, she was God’s princess! As a woman of faith, she would know in the days to come that her name wasn’t just given to her by her parents, it was given to her by God!

You and I are named by God. God names us, “Faithful Son”, “Loving Daughter”, “Child of Faith”, “God’s Prince”, “God’s Princess”, etc. The challenge for us is to get all the negative names others or we ourselves have called us out of our head and remember that God loves us, chose us, and named us as His beloved child!

I invite you to listen to Francesca Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”!

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