Our names identify not only who we are, but also where we come from. Names remind us of our heritage. They are a vital link to past generations. When we speak of those whom we love we tend to use their names with respect. The closer we are to a person, the more careful we are in using his or her name. Such is the case among God’s people and the relationship we share with our heavenly Father.
Because God has given his name, we can know the God who knows us all too well. We can know God as Father, the parent who loves his children completely and compassionately. We can know God as the provider of all that is needed for life and vitality. We can know God as protector, keeping his children safe from the powers of sin and the grave. And finally, we can know God as the one who redeems his people, reconciling that which was lost when sin came into the world.
Yes, knowing God as we do, we are able to draw near and take comfort in the love he provides. For this is the Father’s will, that all people would live in a loving relationship with him, that they might be saved from their sin and dwell in God’s kingdom forever.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I call upon your name, answer me with the power of your love. Amen.