What's in a Name?

#31 A Promise is His Command

Posted: Sunday, August 4th, 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 17:5 ESV
I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

Imagine Abraham’s bewilderment. After all the “I WILLS” of God’s intention and stated plan, this is not a future somewhere thing He will accomplish. There is no “I WILL.” It is a fact, stated as finished, not yet-to-be but amazingly done.

When God gives a promise, it is not a possibility or a probability. A promise is His command to the universe… As soon as He conceived it and spoke it, it was made in the distant past and could not be otherwise. How?

Because it was finished before time, when He dreamed it. And created the moment He spoke it.

And when we can trust Him that this is the case – true and actual, not probable or hopeful  – then THAT is a living faith that smiles at impossibilities.

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 (Currently Viewing)
#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 #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?