And being found in appearance as a man he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death -even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name. Philippians 2:8-9
Jesus was given a name above every other on the day He humbled himself. In our own lives sometimes we may behave more luke the old testament patriarch Jacob. He felt certain that he would never be blessed unless he pretended to be someone he was not. He lied to his father telling him that he was Esau. But 20 years later Jacob found himself in the wrestling match of his life as he tried to cross the Jabok brook. There the angel of God held onto him till he answered the question, “what is your name?”
“My name is Jacob.” He replied.
When Jacob finally humbled himself and confessed who he truly was then God came along side (maybe with a quiet smile) and said.
“From now on you will be called Israel…”
Are you going through a battle tonight? Does it often feel like you could never be accepted for who you are? The solution can never be pretending but rather in trusting in God’s own heart. He already knows is and has already planned to bless us beyond anything we could even imagine. But God will never give us a new name till we admit to him who we really are!
Praise the Name of Jesus
Praise the name of Jesus
He’s my rock! He’s my fortress!
He’s my deliverer
In Him will I trust!
Praise the name of Jesus!
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever – Isaiah 40:8
How many times have you just taken others for granted? If the meal at the restaurant was good, did you ever thank the chef? When the pastor or worship leaders lifted you up by their ministry, did you take time later to thank them and then remember them in your prayers? How many of us feel lonely and unappreciated because no one has thanked us for as long as we can remember?
Yet how often have we ever paused to turn that same line of reasoning towards God? When there is a flood, a storm or an avalanche the insurance companies are quick to point out that they may not cover all the damages because it was an “act of God”. Today I was so struck by the beauty that I had to pull over and take several photos. Saint Francis is often quoted as saying, “Preach the gospel always, and when all else fails, use words.” God must be a disciple of Francis because He speaks always though rarely with words to me. He instead shouts with the bold brush stokes of skies too big for any lens to capture. He dips his brush into a palette of a thousands hues to texture every field of hay. He is an artist who revels in but is never entirely satisfied with His work. Every day he splashes across ten thousand horizons a brand new day and each night while we are snuggling down into our covers He stays up late and silently caresses the forests with a breeze.
And in the midst of all that our God is busily doing and creating ask yourself: “When was the last time I reached up, tugged on His sleeve and said, ‘Wow that was an amazing job today!’ ”
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalms 9:1