Daily Devotionals

My Name Is: Week 1 - Wednesday

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7

Several years ago, I decided to take up knitting. My mom can knit very well, so she graciously taught me the skill. My knitting career did not last long, however. I have only ever knitted one scarf, and now I do not even remember the skill. I will tell you one thing, though: I am very proud of the scarf I knitted. It is nothing intricate or special, but I made it, and I wear it proudly. In fact, when I wear it, I am sure to tell anyone who notices it that I am that scarf's creator. I also have a sense of ownership. No one can purchase it from me because I made it and I am not selling it. If I am so proud and take such ownership of a mediocre scarf, imagine how God feels about His creation.

This week, we are studying the personal name of God: Yahweh, which in English is translated as "I AM." Throughout the rest of the week, we are going to look at descriptions of the name Yahweh found in Scripture. Every time we read the word "LORD" with all capital letters in our Bibles, we know that the word Yahweh, God's personal name, is used. Genesis 2:7 teaches that Yahweh God is the creator. He created the heavens, the Earth, and everything in between, including us. Because of this, He has ownership over all creation and deserves all glory from everything in creation as its Creator.

There is something incredible we must also consider as we think of God as the Creator. John 1 tells us that Jesus, the Son of God was present during creation. In fact, John 1:3 tells us that "nothing was created except through Him." The remarkable thing is that, although everything was created through Him, Jesus came to the earth He created and lived among people in order to bring salvation to humankind. How incredible that He would leave Heaven and come to Earth so that He could offer salvation for sinful humanity. My friends, we have so much to be thankful for!

Moving Toward Action

When we remember that Yahweh, God, is the Creator, it is only fitting that we take time to enjoy the earth that God created. Take time to be outside and enjoy creation. Take time to marvel at the beauty of the world God created: the brisk, fall air and the changing leaves. Remember to praise God for the beauty that you see around you.

Going Deeper

Read Genesis 2:1-7 (NLT)

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.