NAMED // SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had conquered Jerusalem and taken some of the most promising young men from noble families captive. In preparation to serve the king, they were enrolled in an educational system teaching them the ways of Babylon. The first step in this process was to change their names from Hebrew names to Babylonian names in hope of assimilating them into Babylonian culture.
In Bible days, names spoke to your identity. To change someone's name was an attempt to change the essence of who they were. Daniel and his three friends stood firm in their identity, regardless of what the king called them.
When you give your life to Jesus, your identity becomes rooted in him. He names you! However, culture will try to change you by changing your name. When you know you are called by God, it doesn't matter what people call you. The truth of who you are is found in who you belong to and what he has to say about you.
You are named by God! You are a daughter! You are a son! You are chosen! You are loved! You are more than a conqueror! You are an over-comer! God has a purpose for your life! How do you see yourself? What does God call you? Take take time today to reflect on this, rejecting the identity our culture wants to place on you.