Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him. —I Samuel 25:25

            A person’s character is connected with his name. In the case above Nabal’s name actually means “to be senseless or foolish.” When David sent his servant to receive substance from Nabal, Nabal acted senselessly and foolishly. David’s men had protected Nabal’s servants and livestock. In return Nabal was ungrateful and even railed harshly against David. So his name surely is connected to his character.

            We see this same thing in a positive way with what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” or some call “The Disciple’s Prayer.” We read “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name” (Matthew 6:9).   God’s holiness is directly connected to His Name. Just as characteristics of God are connected to His Name so our characteristics are connected to our name.

            So when we mention the name of Nabal there are characteristics that are connected to his name that we think of. When we think of God there are characteristics connected to His Name as well.   When people think about you and me there are characteristics that are connected to our names. So, what characteristics would one think about when my name or your name is thought about? I am talking about a group of people that really know you and not some person that has an ax to grind with you. What would that group communicate are your characteristics? Is there a group of people that know you well enough to be able to clearly state what you stand for? May it be so.

            May our desire to be more like Jesus and may we be maturing in His characteristics.   Yes Dear Father may this be the case in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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