God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
– Exodus 3:14
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare got a lot right in his various plays and soliloquies, but he missed the mark on this one. A name by any other name is just the same, except when it comes to the name of the Lord, Yahweh. No other name will suffice, ever.
Upon review of the conversation that Moses has with God in Exodus 3, we find it almost humorous that Moses would be asking for verification of name or authority when talking with a burning bush, but that’s Moses for you! But God in his gracious nature gives his name, I AM THAT I AM. Queue goosebumps on your arms. This name describes a core attribute of God, that He exists because He exists. He does not exist because you want Him to, or perhaps not want Him to. Everything in existence has come from something, but God did not; He just has always been. If this seems confusing, it’s because our minds cannot fathom this!
Believing the fact that God is self-existent is foundational to our theology. God did not come from something, therefore there is nothing, no one above or beside Him. He is all that has been or ever will be for it has all come from Him! He exists because of Himself and not from anything man has done or ever will do. And what’s truly amazing about this awesome God whose very nature we can’t even begin to grasp, He wants to know you….mind blown again.
Father, you are the Great I Am. You require nothing. You simply are. Let that truth sink deep and help me to trust you all the more.