Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you, ’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
Names are often unique to a given cul ture or society. If you hear the name Hassan or Muhammad, you identify a par ticular culture immediately. If the name is Jose or Carlos, another culture comes to mind. Names used in one culture are fre quently not used in another.
In addition, names come and go. According to one source, the most popular names in the United States for children in 1995 were Emily and Jacob. The year before they were Ashley and Tyler. But while other names may rise and fall in popularity, God’s name stays the same.
In the Bible, names usually reflected a person’s character. For example, Nabal meant “fool”—and he was one (1 Samuel 25:25). Barnabas meant “son of encouragement”—and he was noted for his acts of encouragement (Acts 4:36).
When Moses wanted to know God’s name so he could tell it to the Israelites, he really wanted to know God’s character. What kind of a God was this One who spoke from a burning bush? If they were going to place their lives into His hands, they needed to know, “Can God be trusted?”
The Israelites found indeed that God is wholly trustworthy. For 40 years He cared for them as they wandered in the wilder ness. You, too, will find Him trustworthy. God is as good as His name. Place your life, your future, your fortunes into His hands; He will never fail you. His is the name above all names.
MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT NAMES, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE NAME YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST.