The God Who Is Enough
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“When Moses asked God, “What is your name so I can tell the people who sent me?” God replied, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14)
What is God saying? “I am ever present. Wherever your journey takes you: I am.”
Jesus also used the I AM phrase to identify Himself. One time the Pharisees challenged Him, “Who do you think you are?”
Jesus answered, “Long before Abraham was born, I AM.” The Jews understood what Jesus was saying: He was identifying himself with the I AM who spoke with Moses. And that was blasphemy in their eyes. They picked up stones to stone him. But Jesus slipped away unharmed. (John 8:58, 59)
Jesus used the I AM phrase often. Can you remember some? I am the bread of life. I am the living water. I am the good shepherd. What is Jesus saying? “Whatever you need: I am! I am the God who is enough. In every situation you might find yourself in, I have what you need to get through it.”
When I was going through a very rough time in my life, someone gave me the following poem which gave me courage and strength:
I was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly God was speaking: “My name is “I Am.”
I waited. God continued:
“When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard.
I am not there. My Name is not ‘I was.”
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard.
I am not there. My Name is not “I will be.”
When you live in the moment, it is not hard. I am here.
My name is “I Am.”
Dear God, thank you that you are the beginning of all things, the end of all things and in the midst of all things. You were present at my birth; you will be there at the end of my years and through all the days in between. Thank you that all that I need I find in you. You are my source of strength and my victory. Amen
Question: Why does it often seem like God isn’t “enough” for our problems?
About the Author: Helen Grace Lescheid
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