Shakespeare once said "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," meaning that a name doesn't really matter. If we called a rose a banana, it would still smell the same, right?
While that statement is true, it misses something important about names. You see, when it comes to our names and God's names, a name is how we are known. It's a piece of our identity. It's an important part of who we are.
God thought names were important. At Christmastime, we often focus on a passage in Isaiah that talks about Jesus' names. Isaiah 9:6 says "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Each one of those names tells us something important about who Jesus is and how He relates to us. Knowing His names helps us to know Him better.
We can use God's names to teach our kids about who He is. Kids are very concrete thinkers. God is very abstract, so sometimes it's hard for our kids to wrap their heads around who God is. When we introduce our children to God through His names, we make God more concrete for them because each of God's names identifies a part of His character.
The thing is, though, we can't teach our kids about who God is unless we know ourselves. That's why I'm so excited to offer up today's giveaway: Knowing God by Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland. This devotional journey takes you through 40 names of God. In the style of their popular Girlfriends in God devotions, each day contains a scripture passage, a short devotion, and a prayer. At the end of each chapter, you'll find a study guide over that week's devotions.
While this isn't a book you'll probably read with your kids, it is a book that will help you better understand God. It will help you draw closer to Him and gain a better understanding of who He is. And that understanding will be something that you can pass on to your children. From God the Creator to God the Living God, you'll uncover a little more of God's character every day.
Names are important. They often tell us a lot about someone. And names are especially important when it comes to God. Spend some time this Christmas season understanding God's names so you can better understand Him.
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