What's in a Name?

#11 Price of Failing to Wait

Posted: Monday, July 15th, 2019
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About What’s In A Name? Series

What's in a name? Names identify, explain, and serve to distinguish one from another. What do God's names reveal to us about Him, coming from Him?

Devotional

Abram’s heart longed for children.

Then the word of the Lord came to him (Abram). “This man [Eliezer] will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.”
Genesis 15:4

Impatient, Abram let Sarai, his wife, persuade him to have a son by her maid, Hagar. When Hagar was to give birth to a son, the angel of the Lord gave her the boy’s name: Ishmael, which means ‘God hears.’ This child would be a “wild donkey…against everyone and…everyone against him.”

Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. For 13 difficult years, Abram would suffer the consequences of his mistake in failing to wait for God’s way.

At last, God came to reveal Himself to Abram.

Genesis 17:1 NIV
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said,
“I am the Almighty God…”

Other Devotionals in What’s In A Name? Series

Power in the Name #53 Why Can't We See Our Shocking God? #52 Commanded to Bear Fruit #51 Unending Multiplication #50 Vision of the Almighty #49 El Shaddai, God's Abundance and Might #48 The Real Taking of God Within #47 Blessings of the Deep #46 Foolish and Weak Yet Chosen #45 The Unfathomable, Mystery God #44 Childish and Untaught #43 Almighty Source of All Things #42 The Source for All Humanity #41 Seed Like Stars and Sand #40 A Staggering Multiplication #39 Abundance of the Triune God #38 God Commands and Completes #37 God of Impossibilities #36 To Live Without Needing God #35 God Almighty Needs no Help #34 God Revealed in His Names #33 Abraham's Divine Order #32 Faith is Not an Achievement #31 A Promise is His Command #30 Father of Many Nations #29 Destiny Enlarged by Faith #28 A New Name for Abram #27 The Unstoppable Effect #26 Our Blindness to God #25 Before God Almighty, Abram Fell #24 The Long List of God's 'I Will' #23 Waiting for the End of Effort #22 The Great Possibility #21 A Humanly Impossible Calling #20 Face to Face with Our God #19 Back to His Waiting Arms #18 Clearing the Path to God's Heart #17 Greater Than All We Know #16 The End of Human Effort #15 Numbers in Scripture #14 Treasure Old and New #13 Unending Fellowship with God #12 God Can Begin When We End
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