God didn’t change Jacob’s name to Israel because the name fit him at the time. God gave him that name because of who he was becoming.
Our pastor, Neil McClendon once said, “God is like a realtor who walks into a foreclosure, looks past the outdated wallpaper, stained carpeting, bubbling linoleum and says ‘I see what this house can be.’”
Do we let the Holy Spirit into our basement filled with hoarded, unspoken fear? Do we let him look into the cupboards where loose, unholy thoughts are cluttered? Has he seen how the roof of our emotional stability leaks in a heavy rain? Because surely, no one would want to buy these kinds of properties.
Except that he did. And he still does. As the Great Renovator and Name Changer, God came in and saw a space worth saving.
Jesus paid the price. The Holy Spirit is the down payment. Sanctification is the transformation. Let him tear down walls and paint grace. You are no longer a foreclosure. You are purchased and your name won’t be fitting for what you are right now, but for the glorious real estate that…
“And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name. So He called his name Israel.” (Genesis 35:10 NKJV)