The Commercial Appeal
Only one name is eternal and worthy of our praise, attention
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: A college course recently required students to read a book about the drama of celebrity, and while it was celebrated, the book also exposed the deception of celebrities being other than what they claim. It’s been said that people cannot make themselves celebrities; their worshipers do that. There’s a lot of truth in that thought, but I wonder if many people think of it this way? – C.D.
A: Society worships things: status, fame, popularity, money, security, and success. Sports figures, inventors, politicians, and entertainers have always been looked up to. They come from all walks of life, but they also come and go.
A name found in headline news for a few years will likely fade over time. While their names may continue in history, their impact is not lasting.
Only one name is eternal and worthy of our praise and attention: the Name of the Lord God, Jesus Christ. The Prophet Daniel, who served the king of the dominant power in the world, declared, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His” (Daniel 2:20). He did not declare the name King Nebuchadnezzar as the almighty one, only God. Isaiah, the prophet, also exalted Him as “the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy” (Isaiah 57:15).
No one has been able to establish righteousness, justice, and peace that brings happiness. Strength is not found in the names and personalities of men and women, but in God alone who is sovereign. There is no limit to His power. There is no limit to His love. There is no limit to His mercy. Call out to God in the mighty Name of His Son who is above all.