Gen. 32:27 “So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
Jacob here wrestled with the Lord throughout the night and wouldn’t give up! So the Lord asks him “What is your name?” Obviously, God knew Jacob’s name but He wanted to ask the question to get Jacob to say who he was. You see, Jacob means a ‘supplanter’ or a ‘trickster’. That is who he was naturally and Jacob acknowledged that. But God has something more for this man. His name shall no longer be Jacob but Israel (Triumphant with God).
The Lord has always been in the business of changing people and a change of name is but an outward sign of the inward change. What would you say if God asked you your name? Have you seen who you are naturally? More importantly, if you are a Christian, have you come to see your new identity and character (Name) in Christ? Many Christians today only see who they are through their first birth. They see their fears, their worries and weaknesses. But God is in the business of changing our names and lives! The most important thing is, we should learn to see our new name through our second birth.
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