The Amazing Thing About Your Name
Apr 8, 2019 1911
In ancient times they thought that names were special. That’s why they took great care in selecting a baby’s name. They weren’t so concerned with cool or popular the name was, or how it sounded. More than all those things, they wanted to make sure that the name had a special meaning. Most often, the meaning of their baby’s name was the parents’ prayer for their child.
I love my name, and I’m so grateful to my mother, who chose it. I love it because it has a beautiful and powerful meaning.
My name is “Eliezer.” “El” is the Hebrew root word for “God.” The “i” that follows it is the possessive in Hebrew. The final part of my name “ezer” means “help.” So, the meaning of my name is “God is my help.”
My name appears many times throughout the Bible, but it also appears in other ways, as in this verse that is very special for me:
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me (Psalm 54:4, NIV).
I can’t share my name with you; it’s mine. My name has the name of God in it. He is with me wherever I go.
In the Bible, God loves to reveal himself through the name, “I am.” (John 8:58; Ex 3:14).
Every one of God’s names points to something about his nature and his love for you. The name “I am” reminds you of everything that God has promised to be in your life.
“Are you my light?” “I am.”
“Are you my good shepherd?” “I am.”
“Are you my resurrection?” “I am”
“Are you my life? “I am.”
God is always present with you, being to you all that you need.
“I am” is an amazing name because it is ungrammatical on purpose. When God seems to make a mistake, it’s never a mistake.
The name “I am” reminds you that God is ever-present. He doesn’t live as some memory in your past, or some vague hope for the future. Instead “I am” is right here with you today.
Whenever or wherever you may be in life, the name “I am” reminds you that your ever-present Saviour is with you:
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you(Isa 41:10, NIV). (By the way, there is my name again!)
I am with you and will save you (Jer 42:11, NIV).
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world(Matt 28:20, KJV).
So, what about you?
You have a name too, and you should never think that it’s just a boring, standard name. Whatever it may be, it’s a powerful and magnificent name.
You see, if I ask you who you are, you’d normally start by saying, “I am…” and then your name.
Think about that for a moment. God has designed it so that whenever you say your name, you’ll say his name too. He is with you wherever you are. God is always present with you, being to you all that you need.
Wherever you are, “I am.”
– Eliezer Gonzalez