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!