Named of God

Listen to God’s voice.  Be a shining torch, lifted high in His hand.  This is what the first verse of Isaiah 62 spoke about, as I wrote in my last post.  In this post I will explore the results of “listening and shining“, as portrayed in the second verse of this beloved passage.

“The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.”  (Is.62:2)

Listening to God in the silence, or in the storm, enables us to reflect His light on others.  The light that shines through us is not of ourselves.  As an analogy I once read illustrated, our relationship with God is like that of the moon and the sun.  At night, we see the moon glimmering in the sky, shining on the darkened earth.  However, the moon cannot generate its own light.  What we see as a light in the midnight sky is the moon reflecting the light of the sun.  Without the sun, the moon would give no light at all.

So it is with us.  Unless we seek God, we will not have His light to reflect on others.  Trying to reflect it separate from Him is based on our own good deeds, and will fail in the end.  The shining moon, the burning torch — when we are on fire for God, and reflecting His light, He promises that “the nations shall see your righteousness”.  This is what will draw others to Him through us. 

But while we are reflecting Him, the world as a whole will not want the light of God revealing their sin and scattering their darkness.  They want the torch stifled, and the moonlight swept away.  Light is uncomfortable for those accustomed to the dark.  They may scorn, they may mock — they may call names.  I have been “labeled”:  naive, innocent, exclusive, legalistic, religious… the list may go on.  We cannot hope to avoid what the world says because they strive against God, and therefore, against us.  So how do we deal with it?  Listen for our real name.  Answer to God’s call… for He has given us a new name, right from His very own mouth.

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.  And God separated the light from the darkness.” (Gen. 1:3-4) [emphases mine]

With the same power that He spoke the world into existence He speaks our name — a name He says is “good”.   We are separated from the darkness by His grace, lifted as a burning torch for the world to see His glory.

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”  (Lk.6:22)

Listen to Him; Lift the torch; Light the nations, and bear the name you are given with gratitude… for your name is…

FORGIVEN.

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3 Responses

  1. Amen. As God’s redeemed people, we need to let our light shine, no not our light, but His light through us. There should be a distinct difference between us and the rest of the world. And when we are ridiculed, we know that we’re doing what we should be doing.

    Thanks for posting and blessings!

  2. You have some good wisdom. Thank you for this post.

  3. Amen! That was beautiful, Phylicia! I agree with Hannah, you have good wisdom. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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