“Satan knows your name, but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin, but calls you by your name.” ~ author unknown
Let’s talk about the meaning of a name. Great thought and care went in to naming you. God knew your name before even a thought of you came to this human world. That alone should comfort you beyond words, but because we are all human and need to know more of why we are who we are, let’s dig in.
Growing up, I thought very little of my name. I mean that I wanted a new name. Tara had no significance to me. It was not grand or memorable. Spelled backwards it’s: a rat. Was I going to be remembered this way? I wanted a name that left a mark on this world. Tara was plain and besides that, I could have no nick name based on my name. These are all childish, I know, but I wanted to leave a legacy and my name was always going to be attached to that.
One day I was challenged, as a young adult, to research the meaning of my name. I found that my name means TOWER. In further research, it was defined as “a strong tower” and “a mighty tower”. My first thought was, really? I am this short woman who is neither strong or mighty. What were my parents thinking?
I really wanted to know how God would see me as a tower, so I prayed about my name. I asked God to reveal to me how I could live up to the meaning of my name. It was not my physical stature that was going to be remembered, but the character and action I impressed on this life I was gifted.
I went to the scriptures. I looked up tower in the concordance, and I found my verse, the verse that was going to be attached to my name. God wove me into scripture just as He has you.
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
I discovered this years before Titus II Woman Ministry was birthed. I didn’t know that my name defined part of my destiny. This verse says to me that my name is part of the name of God, and I am the strong tower that women can run to and be safe. I put the safety of others first, and when I look at my life, after I fully committed my life to God, this became a top priority in any relationship I ever built. It is very important to me that whoever comes to me feels safe in doing so. I am a strong tower.
Here is my challenge to you:
- Find the definition of your name. Don’t use the silly apps we find on Facebook. Find the root of your name and where it comes from. Find the true meaning of your name.
- In the concordance of your Bible or an exhaustive concordance, find verses that mention the definition of your name. There could be several.
- Read through the verse and pray about which one God has as your verse. Chances are, when you read the right one, it will just be overwhelmingly obvious to you.
- Write it on your heart and ask God to remind you of it always. This is your destiny in Him.
Lord, my name was given before time began. You knew me before I was even a thought in my parent’s mind. I was created with a purpose and named with a purpose. Remind me of my verse whenever I lose sight of who I am. Amen.