by Graham Mol
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Moses said to 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?”
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 3:11-14)
The above passage of Scripture comes from Moses’ calling to be God’s representative to deliver His people from the oppression of Pharaoh and Egypt. God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush that although it was on fire was not consumed by the flames. This is an important moment, as Moses asks God what name should he give should the people ask who is this God of their fathers. The Lord’s response is full of meaning: I AM WHO I AM. The saying could also be translated as “I will be who I will be”.
Last week I shared with our Church executive a wonderful perspective I had come across on what it means that God simply describes Himself as I AM. In the short devotion I had watched, the pastor suggested that in saying I AM God is saying to us that He is not any particular I AM because each day we do not know which I AM we will need Him to be. On Monday it may be “I am your Provider” on Tuesday it may be “I am your Protector”. The wonderful truth is that whatever we need God to be, He is.
In Genesis 17:1 God says to Abraham: “I am God Almighty”. In Hebrew this is the phrase El-Shaddai which also can be translated as “The All-Sufficient One”. In other words, whatever we need, God is enough. For every “Who is..?” God’s answer is “I am.”
To take inspiration from the words of the song This is Amazing Grace:
Who is able to break the power of sin and darkness? I AM
Who is the One whose love is mighty and so much stronger? I AM
Who is the One who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder? Who is the One who leaves us breathless in awe and wonder? I AM
Who is the One who brings our chaos back into order and makes the orphans a son and daughter? I AM
Who is the One who rules the nations with truth and justice, shining like the sun in all of its brilliance? I AM
Whatever we need, whatever our situation, God is always enough. He is the great I AM. He always will be.