Devotional: WHAT’S IN A NAME?


Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

Isaiah 9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Acts 13:9 “Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him.”

Abram’s name was changed to Abraham (meaning father of many nations – Genesis 17:1-5)

His wife’s name changed from Sarai to Sarah (mother of many nations – Gen 17:15 – 16).

Jacob, Abraham’s grandson..Name changed directly by God to Israel (meaning someone who prevails with God – Genesis 32:24 – 28).

Several years ago when we were trying to sell our house, there was a handyman scheduled to do some repairs.

My husband had moved ahead by several months, and we were just about to join him. As he is, he paid the guy in advance for the work he was to do.

Imagine what we thought when the frustrated real estate agent told us that things STILL were not fixed!

The situation ended up with us having to pay a friend of ours to do the work. We paid twice as much as we intended, not good for a young, struggling family of 5.

Later on, I found out exactly the things the guy was paid to fix but did not. I sat down and prayerfully penned a letter, including the first verse in tonight’s devotional from Proverbs, about a good name.

I simply told him that I hoped and prayed after reading what I had to say, he would do the “right thing” and return the payment for the unfinished work.

The issue was left to God. The funds were all but gone unless the Lord spoke to the man’s heart,..HE DID! About two or three weeks later, we got a check in the mail for about $750.

I still give praise to the Lord for speaking to the handyman. I pray that he has been blessed for his decision. I believe that is someone who associated his name with mercy and who genuinely was sorry for accepting something for work he did not do.

He reminded me a bit of Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

May our husband’s name be associated with any attribute reflecting Christ Jesus.


Heavenly Father

Please speak to the unsaved

We ask Your blessings on them

And that You draw the believers among our husbands

Even closer to You

Gracious King, let them be men of integrity

Merciful Lord

Of the Names You have

The ones You have been given throughout the ages

No other than You

Has the power or authority

To be called


In the Precious Name of Jesus,



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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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