“I AM” HAS SENT ME
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  Esther 3-5 | Acts 5:22-42

“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

Although God promises Moses His presence and power in leading the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, Moses feared another failure. His first had been back in Egypt when he took it upon himself to kill an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating a Hebrew slave. When Pharaoh heard of this, Moses was forced to flee Egypt, and for the next 40 years lived a life of obscurity.

Now Moses finds himself in a crisis. He had gone from Prince of Egypt with all the privileges of royalty to a simple sheep herder on the backside of the Midian desert. He questions God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13). God answered, “I AM WHO I AM.” I AM, meaning present tense, in any situation, any crisis, I am totally sufficient; not just the God who threw the stars into the farthest corner of the darkest night, but the God “I AM” is sending you.

Alec Motyer, a commentator on the Book of Exodus, writes this: “I AM is an open-ended assertion of divine sufficiency. Whatever circumstances arise, ‘I am with you and sufficient’ is the implication. An understanding of this name of God means that no matter how much of Himself the Lord is now revealing to Moses, there will always be more. You cannot exhaust this name. ?There always remains an abundance yet to be explored and experienced.”

“I AM” means that God is inexhaustible, always present, always sufficient and always available. What Moses heard as information has to become experience, and this is where many people fail to enter into all that God would do in their lives. They remain on the periphery of Christian experience, because they are content with information, but God’s name has to become experiential to become meaningful. On the basis of what Moses heard God say, he obeys God and trusts who He is.

Though we all have circumstances in our lives we wish were different, God’s promise to us is not in making our lives comfortable and easy, because it is especially in times of hardship we discover the present-tense activity of God. Obeying God in what He calls us to do often involves going out on a limb, but as we do so in obedience, it is God Himself who is going to ?act. He does not reveal His name as an academic exercise, but as the key to experiencing Him as the ever-present “I AM”.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, it is extremely comforting to know You are always available, always sufficient and always present. You are my strength and I thank You for being who You are.


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