Tuesday: 17th September, 2019
Reference text: Luke 7:11-17
Luke 7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
In choosing a child’s name, particular attention is paid to the meaning behind these names as they are deemed to have an influence on the lives of its bearer. This also accounts for the numerous name changes we see in scripture of various individuals when their status and missions changed. Jacob, Sarai and Abram are classical examples.
In the same manner, if I were to choose a city in which to live, I would prefer one with a name which means ‘hope’ than one hinting at misfortune. It is therefore important to look at the Nain, also referred as Naim, the city in today’s text under a lens to gain some insight into the story highlighted.
In Arabic and Hebrew, the city’s name means ‘comfort, pleasant, happiness or charming’. However, for the woman in question, none of these words seemed to apply as though she lived in an alternate universe. She had already lost her husband and was now enroute to bury her only son. It appeared the pleasantness, happiness and charm which the city of Naim stood for did not apply to her. Yet, in that state, there was a divine interference.
Sweetheart, you may find yourself in a place where everything seems to be conspiring against you. Such that where everyone has gained success, you seem to be going nowhere; Where fruitfulness is abounding, it appears you are not part of the number. It is for you that the Lord will step forward and turn things around. He has seen the full picture and is walking towards you this minute speaking these words “WEEP NOT”.