Unlike any other child who ever came into the world, God named Himself.
And these are the names He chose.
Prince of Peace…
I love how God chose to enter our world…as a baby, the sinless being placed in the hands of the sinful. The Holy One entering our world with restrained power.
Oh how God’s ways are not our own.
I remember the day my husband and I found out the gender of our first child – we were having a girl. I was SO excited for the day to come. I was tired of guessing what we were having and calling the baby “it” or “the baby”. I wanted to make “it” personal….to give “it” a name.
As a school teacher, I had a list of names I didn’t want to use (Doesn’t EVERY school teacher?). I didn’t want our child’s name to be too common where she would be called by her first name and last initial. I wanted her name to be uncommon enough to hopefully be the only one in her class, yet not so uncommon that when the substitute teacher came to school she would mispronounce our daughter’s name and the whole class would laugh…I’m only speaking from experience here folks.
Poor kids….what were their parents thinking with that name?!
When my husband and I set out to pick the name of our first daughter, we wanted a name that was sweet, yet strong and friendly, yet smart…a name that would describe who we hoped she’d become in her time and with God’s help.
Unlike us, when God named Himself, He knew who He was.
He will guide His people as they put their trust in Him. He is the creator of wisdom and the giver of knowledge! And our precious Lord is not a stingy giver of wisdom, oh no, He gives generously to all who ask. (James 1:5)
Need He say more? He is mighty to save. Powerful in EVERY way possible…HE IS GOD!
That problem you are facing? It’s no match for our Lord!
This past week I was reading an old sermon from C. H. Spurgeon – dated 1859 – on the topic of God’s name being Mighty God. At the end of the sermon, Spurgeon shared the following:
“I beg and beseech of you all present, as God the Spirit shall help you, come and put your trust in Jesus Christ, he is “the mighty God.” Oh, Christians, believe him more than ever, cast your troubles constantly on him; he is “the mighty God;” go to Him in all your dilemmas, when the enemy cometh in like a flood, this mighty God shall make a way for your deliverance; take to him your griefs, this mighty God can alleviate them all; tell him your backslidings and sins, this mighty God shall blot them out. And, O sinners, ye that feel your need of a Saviour, come to Christ and trust him for he is “the mighty God.” Go to your houses, and fall on your knees and confess your sins, and then cast your poor, guilty, helpless, naked, defenceless souls before his omnipotence, for he is able to save unto the uttermost them that come unto God by him, because when he died he was not manhood, without divinity, but he was “the mighty God.” This, I say, we will write on our banners, from this day forth and for ever; this shall be our joy and our song—the child bow and the son given is to us “the mighty God.”- C.H. Spurgeon
Ahh, is that not powerful?!!!
Our God is mighty to handle anything that comes your way. Turn to Him and seek His involvement in your life.
He is mighty to help, save and redeem!
He is now and forever will be Father. He is a father to the fatherless and the father of all Fathers. He is the dad who stays, the dad who cares and the day who deeply loves us.
He is everlasting, and He will never leave us or forsake us. (Deut. 31:6)
Like the Good Shepherd He is, He looks over us, tends to us and helps us to grow in our faith and knowledge of Him.
Prince of Peace…
He is the ruler of peace, the giver of peace and only true peace can be found in Him.
He is holy, yet chose to come to us as an approachable baby…for unto us a child is born.
Thank you Jesus for being exactly who You’ve said You are.
How do focusing on these names help you to worship Jesus with greater appreciation this Christmas?
Love God Greatly!