As I gazed upon the bright blue flowing lines and darker swatches of color that covered what was once a blank canvas, I was dumbfounded.
I had no idea what I was looking at.
The colors were pretty and the textures were nice, but the art was so abstract I was unable to discern any shape or idea that may have inspired the piece.
Until I read what the artist titled his work.
Once I saw that he had named it, “Her Cocoon,” I began to see the gentle sway of a hip, the subtle arch of a breast, the swirl of an ear, the flow of hair. Knowing what he called his painting, I was able to see what he wanted me to envision.
Names give form to the unfathomable.
The same is true for God. Sometimes when I consider Him, He is so big and so mighty and so overwhelming that I simply cannot picture Him no matter how hard I try. But His Word provides a framework for us to begin to understand Him. The names by which He calls Himself reveal critical characteristics about His being. Those names direct our attention to details He wants us to notice.
The names He calls us paint a picture of who He created us to be.
These names describe who God is, our identity, how we relate to each other, and the masterpiece He created us to be.
In the introduction of her new book I Know His Name, Wendy Blight explains, “the more deeply we explore our God, the more we move from simply knowing about Him to truly knowing Him.” I want to know Him intimately, don’t you?
He is holy and we are made holy because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. No matter what we’ve done, we are made holy by His blood. When we meet him at His return, He will look upon us and see His Son’s righteousness.
He is the Father who disciplines and trains His children. He is always leading and guiding us in the way we should go. Once we learn to obey and submit to His authority we will finally begin to follow His lead.
He is the Redeemer who bought us by Jesus’ blood. The price He paid for us is incalculable. And we could never settle the debt ourselves.
He is the Master and we are the Bondservants who have chosen to stay and serve Him. Because of His perfect love for us, we are inspired to serve Him with every part of our lives.
He is the Potter and we are the clay – He molds into His masterpiece. The clay isn’t capable of making itself into anything. Only the Potter knows the purpose for which He is molding us.
He is the great Physician and we are healed by His stripes. Though He is capable of healing every disease and ailment, that may not come until we have been raised up with Him at His return. Our sinful nature is ultimately cured by His punishment.
He is the Savior and we have been saved from our sinfulness. By His grace and mercy, our sins are forgiven and we are promised eternal fellowship with Him in His kingdom. We are saved from the painful separation and endless torment our sin has earned us.
Knowing the name of the MASTERPIECE makes the abstract picture-perfect.
Do any of these names strike a chord with you? Are there others that bring clarity to the way you to see yourself or God? For a chance to win Wendy’s book, I Know His Name, share your favorite in the comments. The drawing will be held on Friday May 20th.
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