God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14
Have you ever been scammed? I just got a phone call from someone who tried to scam me yesterday. Let me tell you about it.
I’m a notorious for screening calls. There are few daily activities that I dread more than talking on the phone. I’m an introvert, even to people that I like. I would rather meet in person or communicate by email. So when I don’t recognize the number, chances are that I’m not going to answer it. Good thing I didn’t answer this particular call yesterday! The scamming company called my parents and even my in-laws trying to obtain my phone number.
Hopefully, we all notice those little clues when someone is lying and attempting to manipulate us. Their offer are usually too good to be true. So in a world of some good people, but also some pretenders and liars, how are we supposed to know that people are who they say they are? Or even worse, how will skeptical people believe us when we come bearing amazing news? It is a horrible feeling to not be believed.
God told Moses to go back to his people, whom he hadn’t seen in forty years, after having left on bad terms. He was to tell them that they were about to be delivered from slavery in Egypt. Terrified, Moses asked God, “But how will they know that You sent me?” God responded, “Tell them that I AM has sent you.” Moses didn’t think that this was enough so God eventually equipped him to display signs and wonder. He also give him his brother, Aaron, to speak for him. All Moses needed as credentials was the Name. His people knew that name. It is the name that declares who God is. And think about this ~ some day God will write His name on our foreheads. So in a world that is often full of pretenders, God is our endorsement. I AM is all that we need.
Heavenly Father, There is no other name before Your name. Envelope me in all that You are, empower me to do Your work, and keep me safe. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
Look up the instances when God’s name, I AM, is used. What do they have in common?
What does your name mean? Do you like it? Why or why not?