The I AM of God is everything we could every possibly need and is empowered by the very nature of God Himself. It’s where He intends us to live, not only call on.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. (Isaiah 59:1)
How easy it is, when battered by the storms of life and trapped with our backs to the wall, to focus on ourselves and the overwhelming odds we face rather than the great I AM of God. Tragedy, calamity, struggle, and trial tend to make us insular. We cannot see the horizon and our prayers seem to bounce back at us from a sealed, unfriendly heaven. In these moments, we lose sight of the mighty hand of the almighty God of the universe and the truth that He hears our every cry. Yet it’s at times like these, more than ever, that we need to remind ourselves of the awesome nature and character of God.
The I AM of God is eternal.
Our God was before the foundations of the world were laid, and He will be at the end. He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. This is the first incredible truth of the great I AM of God. His existence is the first and fundamental truth we can hold onto. He has existed before the world as we know it, through every generation, decade, century, or millennium, and will continue to exist even if everything else was consumed or destroyed.
What you or I may be going through right now cannot affect the eternal I AM of God. Any doubts or fears we may experience cannot make the eternal I AM of God any less than absolute truth. Nothing that happens to us tomorrow, next year, or even in ten years’ time, can alter the reality and truth of I AM. He was, He is, and evermore shall be.
The faithfulness of the I AM of God.
Taking hold of the reality and eternal nature of God is wonderful, but He takes that one step further. He makes it intimate and personal because He has pledged His faithfulness. Remember, no aspect or characteristic of God can be separated from the others, so when we read ‘faithful,’ we must read ‘eternally faithful.’ The great I AM of God becomes, for all eternity, the one thing we can absolutely depend on. He won’t let us down, He won’t ignore us or betray us, and He won’t neglect or ill-treat us. It’s this characteristic of God that provides our security, our strength, our hope, and our anchor.
The world, self, and the devil would love to suggest otherwise. In our despair and struggle, it’s easy to lose sight of this fixed and immovable commitment the I AM of God has made to His people. When it looks like it’s all going crazily wrong, and when the trial is almost unbearable, this is our lifeline in the darkness. God was faithful, He is faithful, and He will always be faithful. Nothing in heaven or on earth, and nothing under the earth can change that.
The awesome power encapsulated in I AM.
Our God is indeed full of grace and mercy. In two simple words – I AM – He answered every single need of humankind. What He is essentially saying is ‘I AM everything you could ever possibly need.’ It’s a sweeping, all-encompassing promise that holds no limitations, no conditions, and no doubt. And again, He’s eternally so. As He was in the past, so will He be tomorrow and the days and years after. We never have to even consider that this gracious provision will ever be removed.
This is the power of the I AM – a power that is self-fulfilling. It’s not up to us, or whether we’re able, deserving, or even ‘good.’ God’s power is inherent in the very nature of who He is. When He speaks, it is, just as it was when He spoke this universe into creation. The I AM of God is the manifestation of His perfect will, a will that is omnipotent, sovereign, and eternal. What that means, on a very practical level, is that no matter what we face, or how bad or trials and storms may be, the power of God is immensely greater. Immeasurably greater. Exceedingly abundantly, far more than we could ever ask or imagine. Our present storm is but a gentle wind in the face of the power in the I AM of God.
Taking hold of the I AM.
If, in our suffering and hardship, we lose sight of the I AM of God, it’s not because He has suddenly changed. His hand is not shorter than it was before, because nothing can do that. He has not suddenly grown deaf, because He has promised that will never be. It’s because we shorten our vision and close our ears in our focus on where we are and what we are going through. We’re looking at the stinky stuff at the bottom of the pit instead of heavenward to the great I AM.
The psalms tell us to ‘magnify the Lord,’ and this is the key to taking hold of the I AM of God. It doesn’t mean making God bigger than He really is, which we cannot possibly do given that He’s already more vast and powerful than we could ever comprehend. What this really means is to make God as big as He really is – which is always far, far bigger than our situations or circumstances. When we fix our eyes on God, when we see Him as He has revealed Himself and hold fast to the eternal truth and power of the great I AM, we are able to take hold of all that He has to help us through.
The I AM is the dwelling place of every believer.
Times of trail and suffering, when we seem to encounter our personal crisis of faith, are made easier if we have learned to live in the I AM of God. This awesome, eternal, all-powerful God desires that we live in the I AM – that every small detail of our lives is immersed in the intimate knowledge of who He is. When we surrender the daily moments, the good times and the bad, and when we learn to remain in His presence, we will know the joy, the peace, and the assurance that He hears and acts in every situation.
Gracious Lord, we thank You that You are eternal, unchangeable and unshakeable. Help us to root ourselves in You, to live in Your presence and Your grace, to know the certainty and assurance of the eternal I AM, and to fix our eyes always on You.