June 28 | Genesis 32:27-29
“Then he said to him, “What is your name?” And he replied, “Jacob (Deceiver).” So he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men, and have endured.” Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask this, my name? And he blessed him there.” (Genesis 32:27–29)
Think back to a powerful moment when God changed your life forever. Maybe it was when you got saved. Perhaps it was when God healed you. Maybe it was a revelation from God. It was a great spiritual blessing.
Names are a representation of a person’s character and reputation in the Bible. Jacob’s name meant, “Deceiver.” When the angel of the Lord asks Jacob his name, he makes Jacob admits his true nature. He deceived others to get ahead. He has relied on his own resources.
By admitting his name Jacob admits that he is a deceiver. But he received a new name, a new identity and character. No longer will need to see to get ahead. Instead, his name is Israel, he who strives with God. Jacob learned to lean on the Lord and his hip would be a constant reminder to trust in the Lord instead of leaning on his own resources.
Jesus gives you a new name when he saves you. He writes your name in his Lamb’s Book of Life. He gives you a new name that no one else knows. You are changed forever and made new in him.
Action Step: Rejoice in the blessing of the Lord poured out on you. You are a child of God and he has made you a new creature in him to glorify his name.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your blessings that are new every morning. I am so glad I am a child of God. Continue to pour out your blessings as you walk with me throughout this day. Make me a blessing to others.