Have you ever read the famous story from Exodus where Moses is talking to God in the burning bush? I’m sure most of you have read it or at least heard it. Something about that story has always struck me as odd. The part where Moses asks the bush, “What is your name, so I can tell the Israelites who sent me?” (Ex. 3:13) For the longest time I wondered why God responded the way He did. God replied, “I AM WHO I AM… Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Ex. 3:14) I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that God could have given Moses a little more to work with. Seriously that almost comes across as sarcastic and rude, but as I grew up thinking this I always knew there was a reason God answered like this. So let’s take a look…
Remember where the Israelites have been for 400 years. In Egypt where there is a god for everything thing under, above, around the sun. So Moses, looking ahead, asked for God to tell him which god he was speaking with. Perhaps Moses was considering the questions to come once he arrived in Egypt claiming he was sent by God to lead the slaves out of bondage. And he needed this God to give him a strong name to work under, maybe the sun god or god of the Nile, either of those would have worked great. But something else came from the burning bush… “I AM.” That was all, or was it?
You see Moses asked an honest question, but it was one that no person would be able to comprehend the answer to. Moses was looking for a single name that would sum up God, but there is no name to explain who God is. So God gave him an even better answer than a name. God said, “I AM…” you fill in the blank. Whatever you are looking for God has it covered. He’s not limited to controlling the sun, or some river. His power and authority goes beyond any idea like love or something as big as death, God has it covered. What I took as God being short or rude with Moses I now take as amazing, because although we try to put limits and boundaries on God, He never does this to Himself. In one answer God says He is Everything and Anything we need, so what keeps us from trusting Him?
What do you need God to be? He's waiting, all you have to do is ask...
For starters: I am nothing special, I love Jesus and He is my Lord. I am the husband of a godly woman. She is working with me to raise a godly child. I am a teacher. I love to read and write.