Chapter-a-Day Numbers 13

These are the names of the men Moses sent to scout out the land. Moses gave Hoshea (Salvation) son of Nun a new name—Joshua (God-Saves). Numbers 13:16 (MSG)

Oneo of the over-arching themes I’ve discovered in my journey through God’s Message is that God is a God of transformation. We grow and we change. I am not exactly the same person I was 30 years ago, or 20 years ago, or 10 years ago, or even last year. I am not perfect, but with life experience and God’s never ending work in my soul, I am growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Another over-arching theme in God’s Message that points to this work of transformation is the giving of new names. Moses gave Hoshea a new name, Joshua. God gave Abram and new name, Abraham. Jacob was given the new name Israel. Jesus gave Simon a new name, Peter. Saul was given a new name Paul.

In God’s Message, the giving of a new name always pointed to a life transformation. You were this, now you are this.

Today, I’m asking myself many questions:

How am I growing?
How am I different today than this time last year?
Is God doing anything in my heart and life? If so, what?
How has my life transformed over time?
If God were to give me a new name, what would I want it to be?

3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Numbers 13”

  1. I have a personal connection to this one. When I was just a couple months shy of 19, I legally changed my last name from my father’s name to my mother’s maiden name in an effort to identify myself with her side of the family for various reasons. I had always found that my mom’s side of the family actually acted like a family, like what a Christian family should act like: no malice, all selflessness and generosity, unconditional love and mercy; whereas on my father’s side people were divided by all types of arguments, people manipulated and belittled one another, and insecurity thrived. I chose to manifest the change I hoped to make in myself by changing my name. That year was a period of much transition for me, in almost every area of my life something was changing. But it was also the year that I began to decline spiritually (in retrospect). I’ve recently thought that perhaps by making a show of my “change” I was actually taking a step backward. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but what I have come to realize is that, as you stated in your post about church dress, if there’s not a change on the inside, it doesn’t really matter what changes you make to the outside. Now I’m working on living up to the name that I’ve given myself.

    1. Thanks for sharing. I wrote another post a while back about the fact that God makes a habit of giving people new names (e.g. “Jacob/Israel,” “Abram/Abraham,” “Simon/Peter,” “Saul/Paul,” and etc.). I think the new name idea was a great one. There’s something about establishing and identifying with the “new.” How interesting that you equate it with spiritual decline. Here’s to you on the journey to living up to the name. Oh that we would all live up to the Name.

  2. 27-29 “We went to the land to which you sent us and, oh! It does flow with milk and honey! Just look at this fruit! The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak.

    This seems to be the way life presents to us, isn’t it? Oh, look at the prize, it looks so good….but look at the challenges that lie in the way. Depending on our intestinal fortitude, we either give up and avoid the challenge or we embrace the challenge to achieve and win the prize. I want to be one that doesn’t shy from the challenge.

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