“I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King”.
Isa 43:15 NIV
Some aspects of modern living can be summed up in the expression, “Well, don’t just sit here. Do something”. People who are active, busy, and energetic seem to be what the world is about. Despite this, so many of our electronic gadgets encourage us to be spectators – television, mobile (cell) phones, i-pads, movies and loads more. And we transfer this sense of doing things and wanting to get things done to God. People no longer ask, “What is God saying?” Instead they want to know, “With all this mess in the world, what is God doing?”
In one sense the Bible portrays for us a God who acts – he does things. He created the world, called Abraham, rescued Israel from Egypt and raised up prophets. But the people’s experience was of a God who defined himself as “I am”. Meeting Moses at the burning bush and answering Moses’ request for his name, he said, “I am who I am”. God came to people, not in the rush and bustle of doing this, that or the other but in his just being “I am”. And here in the crisis of the exile in Babylon he came to renew his covenant with his people. And his message, his greeting, his addressing of himself to them was again, “I am”. It was a stark contrast with the gods and idols of the nations. They weren’t. He was.
Jesus came with the same form of address. “I am the good shepherd” (Jn 10:11); “I am the vine” (Jn 15:5); “I am the light of the world” (Jn 9:5).
Still today he comes as the great “I am”. In this troubled world it is reassuring to know that God is God.
Lord, be the great I AM in your world today.