by Pastor Mark Jordan
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14, NIV)
Mia is learning to write her name. Sometime she gets it right, sometimes she doesn’t. The other day she wrote it, got it wrong, but it struck me oh so right. As she wrote her name, she wrote, “IAM.” I immediately thought about our verse for today where God told Moses His name — I am who I am, meaning I exist and I always will — and thanked God for the gentle reminder.
We always need such reminders, don’t we? From the subtle to the sublime, as we journey through life’s ups and downs, we need to remember that God is and will always be. God’s name as we read it in Exodus might seem somewhat incomplete…we might be inclined to pause and wait for the rest, expecting something else to follow. In that moment, God wanted Moses to trust Him in faith. As Jesus came to complete God’s mission of salvation, He essentially finished the I AM statements, too.
Jesus made seven declarations in the Gospel of John saying, “I am…”
- The bread of life
- The light of the world
- The door
- The true vine
- The good shepherd
- The resurrection and the life
- The way, the truth, and the life
In all of these, Jesus stated that He is the God who nourishes, enlightens, welcomes, supports, protects, guides, and saves all who follow Him. I thought very carefully about how much I need these truths in my life each and every day. I want to share these with you, along with the knowledge that God will be these for you each and every day. He will send you reminders along the way to turn to Him. Some will be of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety, and others will shine so brightly you can’t miss them. But keep your eyes peeled, and look for the ways God is constantly saying, I AM here for you, and I always will be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the ways you are telling me you’re here for me, and you always will be. Thank you for the many ways you nourish, enlighten, welcome, support, protect, guide, and save me. Help me share these with others. I ask this in the holy and helping name of Jesus. Amen!