Calling On His Name
God is not just the God of creation or the God of relationship. He’s not just the God of judgment or promise—He is the God of fulfilled promises and the God of abundant generosity. We can know this is true even when we are waiting and even when everything around us is going crazy.
The birth of Enosh, Seth’s son and Adam and Eve’s grandson clearly shows us how they met and encountered the God of blessing and abundance. Here, against the backdrop of the Fall and the murder of Abel, and the birth of Enosh, men and women experienced God’s goodness and began to call upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26).
It is here that their revelation of God’s generosity expanded, their faith grew and as a natural result they called upon His name. Enosh means “frail or sickly” so perhaps they called upon God because of his physical condition. Or, maybe his name reflects humanity’s declining spiritual condition at that time. I feel strongly that they met the God of blessing and abundance. They realized that God could do exceedingly and abundantly above all they could think. They grasped the fact that this God fulfills promises—He promised Eve a male seed and in spite of Cain’s murder, the seed continued as the God of fulfilled promises and abundant blessing kept His word. Experiencing all of this, they looked up to God and called His name.
The Hebrew word for calling is qārā. It means, “to summon aid, to call out loudly to get someone’s attention so that contact can be initiated.” It implies accosting someone with boldness and fervor.
Friends this is where we are now. We need to get hold of a promise of God in the midst of the chaos of society and realize that what God has promised isn’t conditioned on what is happening out in the world—what matters is what is happening in our hearts. We need to latch on firmly onto what God has said and not let go. And then, with bold faith call upon His name—not meekly, but with boldness and fervor. Then, we need to wait for His time, His way and His will.
They looked at the goodness of God and said, “We must cry out to Him.” They called on Him—they literally accosted Him. Hebrews 4:13 underscores what they did, and what we need to do. It says, “ Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (NKJV, bold is mine).” They didn’t hold back. They boldly approached God because they knew He was a God of abundance and blessing.
Here’s what we need to do:
- Start boldly and fervently calling upon the God of abundant generosity
- Ask Him to show up and to show off in our midst
- Pray for everything He wants for us here
- And, regardless of what is happening in the world, we need to expect our prayers to deeply affect the world.
We’ve been entrusted with a lot of knowledge and understanding about the goodness, grace, and power of God. Let’s allow that to inspire us to accost God together, so we might see an increase of God’s Kingdom power and glory in our midst!
 W.E. Vine, edited by Merrill Unger, William White, Jr., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1985), 29–30