What’s in a name? Well a lot according to the Bible as you regularly seeing God naming and renaming people based on the destiny He has for them. God changed Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah. Simon to Peter, just to name a few.
The reason that God does this is because He wants to give people names that they are going to live up to. When Simon was given the name “Peter” God said,
“And on this rock I will build my church.” Matthew 16:18 because rock meant Peter.
My name is Sophia which means:
Even when naming my son I named him Gabriel because it meant something, it means:
“God is my strength.”
There is power in words (Click here to read my blog for more). You have the power to speak life and death into your destiny and it is the same with a name. Imagine every time I call out my son’s name I am saying “God is my strength” speaking this into his destiny. And every times someone calls out my name they are calling me wisdom, which is once again speaking wisdom into my destiny.
If God thought so much as to change people’s name depending on what they will become or sometimes even choosing a name for them from birth; then I think God knew that when someone speaks your name and it has meaning, the meaning is being spoken into existence over you.
At age 14 and I was inspired to pray for wisdom. And so I read this verse.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and God will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5
Maybe you can chalk it up to my name but I always have a thirst for wisdom. I remember afterward I thought I would be super wise right away. But God did answer my prayers like that. The wisdom that I have now God has He bestowed on me as I went through life, though education, relationships, and other experiences. I find it prophetic that my name means wisdom, and from a very young age, I had an overwhelming desire to be wise. I like to think that God has something to do with that.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Jeremiah 1:5
I would like to believe that God ordained me to be called by my name. I would like to believe that God has a destiny for me in which is requires me to be wise. I would like to believe that I am like all those people in the Bible who God named and renamed because He had a purpose for them. And I hope that whoever is reading this that you believe the same thing.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
So no matter what your name is, no matter if it is a name that is common or one that you cannot find the meaning to, it does not matter. God named You, He formed you in your mother’s womb, and He calls you by name. So think of your name as being special, and if your name means nothing, then make your name mean something. Be the first “insert you name here” to do something great. So that whenever people think of that name they will think you.
For example, Solomon was known throughout the land for being wise. I have no idea what Solomon’s name meant of if it meant anything at all. But what I do know is that his wisdom, lives through time. Whenever we think of Solomon we think of a wise man. So no matter what your name means live up to if it is good. If it is bad, then do not be afraid to create a new meaning for your name, and if your name means nothing then make it mean something. Create your own destiny.