Benedict Arnold, John Wilkes Booth and Bernie Madoff are names associated with a negative connotation. Poor choices in life led each to develop a bad reputation. Unfortunately, when individuals commit an unwholesome act, many are unable to break free from the consequences of actions. Thus, even today, many are waiting for a new name.
Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children, Genesis 32:11.
Once formed in high school or college, infamous nicknames can haunt people for years. Indecent acts may result in being labeled as easy, loose or a whore. Those who tend to exaggerate become known as liars, losing the trust of their peers. While a few may be able to alter this stigma, most are stuck with the shame of their past.
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome,” Genesis 32:28.
In Genesis 32, Jacob has an encounter with God. Known as cunning, a deceiver and for being a momma’s boy, the Lord knew this character would not be a positive influence going forward to lead his chosen people. Thus, following a night of wrestling, Jacob held on for dear life, earning him the name Israel. In the same manner, those who enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, Romans 10:9-10, are given a fresh start. Therefore, if you’re waiting for a new name, hit the reset button today to receiving the free gift of eternal life.
by Jay Mankus