“What is your name?” Ge 32:27 NIV
As they wrestled together, the angel of the Lord asked Jacob, “What is your name?” He answered, “Jacob.” Then the angel said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, which means deceiver, but Israel, which means ‘a prince with God’, because you have struggled…and have overcome” (See Ge 32:27-28). God forced Jacob to look at his true identity. He wrestled him into a revelation of who he was—not who others said he was. His parents gave him his name and others called him by it, so he believed that’s who he’d always be. But God had a different plan for him. Hear this: you are not who others say you are. Why should they name you? Determine who you are before God. Let Him determine the level of your success. Why should others be allowed to live at their highest potential but not you? You are more than your past, more than your education or résumé, more than the color of your skin, more than your bank account, and more than your circumstances. Tell those who talk down to you and devalue you, “You’re confusing me with somebody else. God says I am a prince. And if I’m a prince, then I have the right to be treated like one!” You ask, “But is that true?” Yes, the Bible says that when you walk with God you are part of a royal priesthood (See 1Pe 2:9). You are an overcomer (See 1Jn 2:13-14). You are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (See Dt 28:13-14). So dry your tears, lift your head, square your shoulders and begin walking in your God-given identity.