Hello! How is everyone doing? How is your relationship growing with God? I hope you are seeking God on a continual basis. As I have previously stated, I am in transition right now in my life as well as with my walk with God. I think that God will allow us to “revisit” certain areas of our lives so we can see how far we’ve come; or to let us know that we may not have come as far as we have hoped. Nevertheless, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)
I must admit, it is not the easiest thing to wait on God when we are in the “during” stages. You know… the “waiting for change” stage; the “going through” stage. One thing I can say about this period of time with God is, that I get to learn (or re-learn) His character again and apply it to my life. The above scripture was chosen because it is here when God declares who He as well as His character attributes to the Israelites by saying that He is the “I AM”.
Of course you are probably are thinking “what?” I don’t get it. How is “I AM” attributed to character qualities. I will explain. God is eternal and therefore, His love and caring never ceases towards His creation. The reason God introduced Himself as “I AM” was to let the Israelites then (and for the gentiles now) know that He has always been there and cared for them-much like He does today. When the Israelites wandered through the wilderness they had much needs during this journey. When we go through our “wilderness” experiences, we have needs that need attending to met as well. When we feel alone, God, (Jehovah Shammah) is there is to say “I AM” here with you. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) As we continue on in our walk with God, we learn that He is “El Shaddai”-God Almighty-the All Sufficient One. He says “I AM all that you need. When there is a need for provision, He is “Jehovah Jireh” the Lord, our provider. Here He says, I will provide your needs. I think here people get very confused (me included) about wants and needs For example, right now during my trial I had to leave my apartment. I wanted another apartment. God provided a place with family for me to live at this time. My need was met. I needed a place to live and God provided one. Not the way I thought it was going to unfold, but, here I am.God is all things and everything to His own. He is constantly saying, “I AM” your Salvation when you are looking for truth. He is saying “ I AM” Jehovah Shalom, peace when you are looking for peace. “I AM” Elohim, your creator and loved you enough to create you in My image. God is EL Roi-the God who sees. He sees what we are going through and is with us and guides us through our situations. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8)
When Jesus first declared who He was, He used the same content of meaning to the Israelites regarding who He was. “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “ Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” JEAnd they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17) You see, Jesus is the great I AM. He has always made Himself known to us. In the Old Testament, He was everything man needed. In the New Testament, He confirms that He still everything we need and the only way to God so we can have eternal life.
John 6:51:“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”
John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
John 10:11: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
John 10:36: “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”
Acts 7:32: Stephen speaking of Moses’ encounter at the burning bush “saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.”
As you Walk Every Day With Grace, this week, try to take hold of the fact Jesus says “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6:). My prayer for you is that you enter into life that Jesus has for you. “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)
In His Love,