There’s Power in a Name

Names – we’ve all got them, right? Webster defines a name as “a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.” However, I believe it’s much more than that.

Have you ever stopped to think about what your name means? I know that most of our names have a translated meaning from another language; but beyond that, what does your name really mean? When people hear your name, what words or characteristics do they associate with it? When people refer to your name, what lies behind their reference? What does your name represent?

If you were able to read the Old Testament in Hebrew, you would see many different names for God, all of which mean different things. One of my favorite names of God is El Emunah, which means the Faithful God. This name is found in Deuteronomy 7 where God is reminding the Israelites of how He rescued them from slavery in Egypt.

But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath He swore to your ancestors that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God (El Emunah), keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:8-9

I could go on and on about the names of God – but you know what I love the most about His names? They’re not just a “word or set of words” by which God is referred to – they are direct extensions of His character. When God is called Jehovah Jireh, it is because He is the Provider and gives us all that we need. When God is called Elohei Ma’uzzi, it is because He is a strong God and gives us strength in our weakness. When God is called El Rai, it is because He sees us, no matter where we are or how crazy life may be. There is great power in the names of God.

Today, as you continue living in this crazy season, dwell on the names of God and know that they are not just words or “given” names – they are representations of His very nature, and you can call on those names! We look forward to seeing you online this Sunday. Check out the details HERE on how to join in as we hear an important message from Pastor Benji on race relations in America.

Caleb Taylor
Worship Pastor – Durham Campus

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