I AM Has Sent You

God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. (Exodus 3:14a)

No longer is Moses the self-sufficient man that he was in Egypt. There, Moses brazenly killed an Egyptian for beating a fellow Hebrew (Ex. 2:11-12). However, by the time God appears to shepherd-Moses via a burning bush, Moses is questioning his own identity and adequacy (Ex. 3:11). Inadequacies aside, God promises Moses, “I will be with you” (Ex. 3:12). But who is this God who is going to be with Moses and work through him to release His people from slavery? God says He is “I AM.” From eternity to eternity, He is the one and only God! I AM is the God who completed the heavens and the earth, in all their vast array (Gen. 2:1). I AM is the God who saved the Israelites from Pharaoh and from all manner of dangers and hardships through the years. I AM is the God who quietly entered His creation through a virgin named Mary. I AM is the God who identified Himself as “living water” (John 4:10) and “the light of the world” (John 8:12). I AM is the God who laid down His life for the sinful world. And I AM is the God who loves you forever!

God, be with me and work through me, just as you did for Moses. Amen.

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Behold your God!

Behold your God! Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him . . . He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms(Isaiah 40:9b-11a)

To behold something implies far more than a passing glance. To behold is to explore, discover, and know something better. We are invited to behold our God. To explore and discover His great might; His ruling arm. And in our exploration, in His strong arm we discover ourselves nestled in like needy lambs who are well-loved! This is your God! The One who, in His great might, tends and nourishes His people. Who rends the heavens and tends the needs of His people. Who gave a Savior, His Son, to bleed and die to raise us up out of our own filth. Behold your God! The One who is mighty to save . . . and does!

Good Shepherd, as we behold you today, we see the strong love of the Father in His gracious mercy. Thank you! Amen.