Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
Has God ever given you an assignment you didn’t want? That’s what happened to Moses when God chose him to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt. After several excuses, Moses finally noted that at some point he’d have to tell the Israelites who sent him. God’s answer was direct and to the point, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
I AM is a translation of the Hebrew name, Yahweh. This name was first used in Genesis 2:4. Normally, Yahweh, is translated as “LORD” (with all caps). But here God actually gives the description of the word. Yahweh means, “to be.” God translates it with a statement of his Person: I AM. God is “the One who is.” This name describes his self-existence and his eternality. He has always been and will always be. This name also describes God’s immutability. He never changes. He is always faithful. His Word is always true. His promises will never fail.
- Thank God for being I AM. Thank him that no power can overthrow him, no force can change his course, no work of Satan can stop him. Thank the great I AM for the privilege of calling him your Father.
- Unpack your burdens in front of I AM. Tell him about your temptations that dog you, your fears that paralyze you, the uncertainty that leads to anxiety. Ask God to strengthen your heart with his faithfulness and presence.
And…keep bringing your burdens before him throughout the day.
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