Have you ever been doing something mundane, and suddenly had a profound thought pop into your head? For some reason, it tends to happen to me while I’m shaving, which can be painful if I’m not careful at that moment!
During yesterday’s shave, my mind was racing, but I wasn’t particularly focused on anything other than preparing for my trip, when two words came into my head – I AM.
If you know the Bible or the Torah, you know this is the name God gives to Moses, as written in Exodus 3:13-14:
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.' "
I’d read the words many times before and even sang them in a favorite Twila Paris song - “We will glorify the Lord of Lords, who is the great I AM.”
As I pondered those words, I had a moment of divine revelation that brought me a great deal of peace.
Like many of my friends and acquaintances, I’ve been frustrated with the direction in which our government is taking our country. I am angry with our elected officials and their accomplices in the media, academia and the entertainment industry for their scurrilous attacks against people like me, who simply want our government to obey the Constitution, defend life, liberty and opportunity, and let us govern ourselves as the founders intended.
In our culture, I see lies proclaimed as truth, or truth denied altogether, God and His people mocked, persecuted, or worse, blasphemy committed by false teachers who celebrate sin and declare it holy in His name, and man and nature glorified over the God who created both.
In my community, I see the suffering of my church family as we do life together, and I mourn because neither my alacrity with words nor my warm bear hugs can ease their pain.
I see my beloved friend who became a widow much too soon, the husband and wife who battle to love each other through financial struggles, poor health and unmet expectations, the mighty man of faith who endures trials at work which torment him and weigh him down, when his only desire is to cast his crowns at the Lord’s feet, and I despair.
I see my family and myself bearing the burdens of unemployment, financial struggles, health concerns and dreams unfulfilled, and I wonder how any of this could be in God’s plan for us
I see Satan roaming the earth, devouring the weak and helpless, the cynical and the hopeless, and delighting in his kill.
God’s answer to all of this?
Despite those who would deny me and seek to draw as many away from me as possible, I AM.
Despite those who deem their sin holy even though I have spoken against their words and actions, I AM.
Despite the empires that rise under my protection and fall when they reject me, I AM.
Despite the loss of loved ones, marital strife, work struggles, or physical or emotional pain, I AM.
Despite your broken heart, your tired spirit, and your tortured soul, I AM.
Despite anything man says or does, despite whatever power or influence man or his institutions think they have, I AM.
Despite all that was, is or will be, I AM.
“No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand.” ~ In Christ Alone, by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty.
“Be still, and know that I AM God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." ~ Psalm 46:10
I hope that you find comfort in these two small words uttered from the very mouth of God. And you didn’t have to shave to receive them!