Throughout the Old Testament, the names given to people often described a characteristic of their nature (1 Samuel 1:20), a desired attribute (Ruth 4:14-17), or an inevitable predisposition because of circumstances surrounding their conception (Genesis 16:11-12). Occasionally, God gave new names to people to reflect a work He accomplished in their lives (Genesis 32:28).
Because the measure of His being is inexhaustible, God has many names assigned to Himself that describe His greatness. We could spend hours pondering each name, but one of the most tender expressions of God’s nature is in the name “Lovingkindness.” In the last days, more than ever before, God desires to reveal His name-and all that His name proclaims-to His people and to the world.
In His name, God chose every believer before the foundation of the world. Because of His foreknowledge- knowing everything we would do in time-God prepared a path of righteousness for every one of His people. On that path, God is working every situation together for good (Romans 8:28).