“I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done, I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.” Psalm 52:9
What’s in a name? A lot, depending upon who, and why the name is given. In Bible times for example, “last names,” which really weren’t last names in the way we think of them, were given to people based on where they were from. For example, when we say, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Nazareth was the name given to Jesus that let everyone know where He was from. In more modern times, like the 15ththrough 18thcenturies, people were given names based on their occupation or family trade, like “Carpenter” or “Farmer.” Names can be more than random, and often have deep meaning and purpose.
Throughout scripture, we see moments when God changed someone’s name. Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, which literally means “father of many nations.” Sarai’s name was changed to Sarah, which by adding the “ha” sound, God attached grace to Sarah’s name. In Judges chapter six we see how God called Gideon by a different name than what was descriptive of his current state, but rather how God saw him and what He would become. As Gideon was in hiding, God called him “mighty man of valor,” which was actually quite the opposite of Gideon in that moment and in the natural.
In a recent conversation with someone, I shared with her how important it was that she see herself, not for what she saw in herself, but rather as God sees her in the role He had placed her. I went on to share with her that seeing herself this way would give her confidence in what God was calling her to do. Not confidence in herself or her own ability, but the “God kind of confidence” that comes when we begin to see ourselves the way He sees us.
Today, God calls us to see ourselves the way He sees us and in the light of who He says we are.