It is obvious the LORD God assigned great value to His Name. Do I honor and value the Name of my God as highly as He does?
Exodus 20:7 says "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." The significance of God's name is so important; He stipulated to the Israelites the necessity to honor and protect His name as a priority as they lived before Him. It is the third commandment.
When asked by the disciples to teach them to pray, Jesus began His model prayer with "Our Father in heaven, holy be your name". Jesus wanted us to know when we address God as Father we must recognize the supremacy of the Name (Matthew 6:9). It is apparent the manner in which we treat God's name reveals what we think of Him.
Remembering the Jews being unwilling to speak or write the name of the LORD for fear of blaspheming, concerns me how far removed from that standard we have slid. To hear "Oh, my God" or "OMG" to express surprise is so common today, little children even use it without any awareness.
How sensitive am I to God's name being demeaned, debased, degraded? I don't use His name as a curse, but how do I respond when others do? Does it make me cringe? Is there righteous anger? Do I fear for their well-being? How many times a day do I hear my LORD and Savior's name dragged through the mud? Have I become so desensitized it doesn't affect me at all?
Holy God and Father, forgive me for not exalting the Name as You require. I must honor the Name to praise and glorify You as You are worthy. Holy Spirit, please make me hyper-sensitive to the use of my Lord and God's name. Teach me how and when to respond in a manner which glorifies You when the Name is being diminished.
"Say not, 'Why were the former days better than these?' For it is not from wisdom that you ask this."
I must confess my guilt in asking this question. It is very easy for me to remember the "good old days" and wonder what has gone wrong. By doing this, I fail to filter my thoughts through the Word of God. I know "the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5) "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all". (Luke 17:26)
Humanity, after the fall, has not changed except through the power of God making new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). When I idolize the "good old days," I fail to acknowledge the truth of the world. But then as I read 2 Timothy 3:1-5, I am reminded of the evil in the world in which I live.
Holy Spirit, thank You for coming in power to those new creations in Christ Jesus. You alone are the agent of change in mankind. I want to follow in the teaching, conduct, aim, faith, patience, love and steadfastness of Paul. Holy Spirit, please have Your way in me. May Your power be evident in the changed life I live.