Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
Isaiah 9:6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Acts 13:9 “Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him.”
Abram’s name was changed to Abraham (meaning father of many nations – Genesis 17:1-5)
His wife’s name changed from Sarai to Sarah (mother of many nations – Gen 17:15 – 16).
Jacob, Abraham’s grandson..Name changed directly by God to Israel (meaning someone who prevails with God – Genesis 32:24 – 28).
Several years ago when we were trying to sell our house, there was a handyman scheduled to do some repairs.
My husband had moved ahead by several months, and we were just about to join him. As he is, he paid the guy in advance for the work he was to do.
Imagine what we thought when the frustrated real estate agent told us that things STILL were not fixed!
The situation ended up with us having to pay a friend of ours to do the work. We paid twice as much as we intended, not good for a young, struggling family of 5.
Later on, I found out exactly the things the guy was paid to fix but did not. I sat down and prayerfully penned a letter, including the first verse in tonight’s devotional from Proverbs, about a good name.
I simply told him that I hoped and prayed after reading what I had to say, he would do the “right thing” and return the payment for the unfinished work.
The issue was left to God. The funds were all but gone unless the Lord spoke to the man’s heart,..HE DID! About two or three weeks later, we got a check in the mail for about $750.
I still give praise to the Lord for speaking to the handyman. I pray that he has been blessed for his decision. I believe that is someone who associated his name with mercy and who genuinely was sorry for accepting something for work he did not do.
He reminded me a bit of Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
May our husband’s name be associated with any attribute reflecting Christ Jesus.
Please speak to the unsaved
We ask Your blessings on them
And that You draw the believers among our husbands
Even closer to You
Gracious King, let them be men of integrity
Of the Names You have
The ones You have been given throughout the ages
No other than You
Has the power or authority
To be called
In the Precious Name of Jesus,
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