What's in a Name?

#16 The End of Human Effort

Posted: Saturday, July 20th, 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

Genesis 17:1 AMPC
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him…

Again, numbers in Scripture tell the story, the real story. Nine “marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man – the judgment of man and all his works” (Number in Scripture by E. W. Bullinger).

Between 86 and 99 were 13 years of judgment for Abram.

Abram loved God’s promise and he would not wait; he had to help it happen. His ‘strength’ had created his own blessing, yet it blocked the man from simply receiving the promise…as a gift! Supernatural – not humanly explainable.

Those long 13 years were apparently without God’s intense presence. Abram, though he loved his Ishmael, had come to recognize his own reckless folly and his unfixable mess.

The displeasure of God was clear. And Abram understood. Now God could appear to the man again.

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 (Currently Viewing)
#15 Numbers in Scripture #14 Treasure Old and New #13 Unending Fellowship with God #12 God Can Begin When We End #11 Price of Failing to Wait #10 Nature and Destiny in the Name #9 Mother of All the Living #8 Unique Identity Lost in the Fall #7 This is Now Bone of My Bones #6 To Name Every Living Thing #5 The Strange Way that Adam is Named #4 Choosing a Name is a Serious Matter #3 The Naming of Creation #2 Nothing Is without a Name #1 What is the Importance of a Name?