I have called you by name, and you are mine.
– Isaiah 43:1
For the new school year, I am starting a new Bible study series with the girls on my hall. Last semester, I enjoyed studying women of the Bible and how the Lord transformed their lives. This year, however, I am making things a little more personal.
As we look through Scripture, we see that God often renamed people that He wanted to use. Abram became Abraham. Jacob was later known as Israel. God changed Saul’s name to Paul. Even those who maintained the same name throughout their life had a name with a significant meaning. Moses, for example, received his name because he was literally “drawn out of water.” Furthermore, Hannah named her son “Samuel” because the Lord heard her prayers.
But what about now? Most people choose names for their children based on the sound of the name, not its meaning. Does the meaning of our name even matter anymore?
Yes, I believe it does, and I intend to prove that point this semester, one girl from floor 2A at a time.
Let’s start with the sweet new freshman, Miriam, whose name means “wished for.”
If you could wish on a lucky star, what would you wish for? Fame? Health? Prestige? Money? An easy life?
As newborn babies want milk, you should wish for pure and simple teaching. This is how you will mature in your salvation
– I Peter 2:2
A baby does not wish for the same things as an adult. Their only desires are milk and sleep. In the same way, God’s Word should be our ultimate longing. Psalm 119:97, Psalm 1:2, and Joshua 1:8 all say to meditate on God’s Word.
Read. Ruminate. Reflect. Respond. Repeat.
It is written in the Scriptures, “A person lives not on bread alone, but by everything God says.”
– Matthew 4:4