Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 11, 2017
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ Exodus 3:13-14
The “I Am”—Almighty God is all sufficient in Himself and never needy. The Lord is not frantic over world affairs or all consumed with the latest government dysfunction. Famine, war, disease, sin, and suffering are opportunities for our Creator to show Himself real and reliable to His creation. Injustice breaks God’s heart, but His justice still reigns supreme for His living word does not depend on man’s dying decrees. An atheist denies God’s existence, but God is no less alive and well. The Almighty has no need for anyone, but He wants everyone to come to Him.
Moses is perturbed and a little unclear about how to announce the Lord to those who had lost their way and whose trust in the Almighty wavered. So the all sufficient One summed up His eternal significance in two words–“I Am”. I Am now who you need, I Am what you needed in the past and I Am what you will need going forward. The One who was and is and is to come is your all sufficiency, so surrender now to Him. “I Am” has no needs, but He is necessary for your life. A creature who dismisses His creator will miss being cared for by One who cares most. Just as Moses was sent by “I Am” to remind the people of their neediness, so “I Am” sends us to speak!
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58).
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are one “I Am”. Our all sufficient Savior Jesus invites us into His all sufficient love. Our all knowing heavenly Father generously offers His very relevant wisdom to humble hearts who ask. Our ever searching Holy Spirit mercifully leads lost souls to salvation and saved souls into abundant living. “I Am” who has always been is always available. Our faith rests in the only Faithful One, who needs no one but wants everyone!
Jesus does not need us, but He wants us to join Him in bringing good news to a world of bad news. We desperately need the Lord to guide our lives, govern our lives and give us life. When Christ is our life, we have real life to give–that keeps on giving. Our all sufficiency in the Lord makes life more than sustainable, but also obtainable for those outside of Christ. A picture of our dependency on our heavenly Father is a compelling apologetic for those who have needy souls. God does not need us, but we are His handiwork created in Christ to do good works for Him.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
PrayerHeavenly Father, expand and elevate my thoughts to be in awe of Your all sufficiency and my total dependency on You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationHow can my life and speech reflect the greatness of God and the necessity of my faith in Christ?
Related ReadingExodus 19:5; Psalm 50:9-12; 1 Corinthians 10:26; 1 Timothy 4:4
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