Trusting in God’s Name, “I AM”
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:11-14
God called Moses to be His spokesman to the Israelites. God led him to experience His presence through a burning bush. Moses was very impressed to what God did. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it” (Exodus 3:3). In spite of this amazing manifestation of God’s power, he realized how difficult his task was when God told him to go to the Israelites who were under the Egyptian bondage. He thought that when he stands before them and tells them God’s plan to free them, he would be asked how God will do it. He was in a dilemma and was asking God how he will convince them that God really could do what he said he will do. God’s answer to Moses was to tell the Israelites His Name, “I AM.” He is telling Moses that the possibility of their escape from Egypt is through the mighty power of God. It will be through God’s actions that they would be able to cross the Red Sea. It will be through His providence that their need of food and water will be supplied while in the wilderness. It will be through His constant presence that they will experience guidance. When Moses began his walk with the Lord, He had no clue on the capabilities and power of God. Yet every time that he will be confronted with his needs, God was always there to meet them. God is the great “I Am.” the timelessly self-existent God. Abraham had called on Him as the “the Everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33). In this role He is not only sufficient to rescue the present generation from its trouble, but He is able for all generations. “God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation” (Exodus 3:15). Have you grown in your knowledge of who God is? In your encounter of circumstances, have you sensed God’s different ways of revealing Himself to you as He provides you help so you could be victorious? When God says to you “I AM,” trust Him for He will pull through to His commitment to you for He has a relationship with you.
Noel De Guzman