Have you heard the saying, I never knew that all I needed was God until God was all I had? We as human-beings are forever attaching ourselves to something in order to feel secure and create an identity. This means usually connecting ourselves to a noun ( a person, place, or thing). I am a mom; I am a counselor; I own a jaguar; I’m a minister; I have this amount of money saved; I am a member of this church; I’m the CEO of this company, etc. And yes, these may be true but for many of us they circumvent or mask who we really are and they put limits on what we could be. In the event that we should lose a particular title, status, or position we feel lost, fearful, and a big gaping void may ensue. When we can loose our tight grip and learn to let go of some of these images or false securities, then we become free to experience the true nature of God within us.
I love how God states who he is. He doesn’t go around boasting that he’s this almighty God, at least to those who don’t know Him. In Exodus 3:13-14, Moses asked God, who should I tell people that you are (in a conversation about delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt), and “God replied to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.”
Another translation says, “I Shall Be What I Shall Be.” How’s that for definitions. I love how that fits with Psalms 46:10 that says “BE still and know that I AM God. Somewhere throughout existence we’ve forgotten how to just BE and to BE exclusive of anything else.
When I meditate on God as being the great I AM, to me it means He is All; He is Everything; He Is Whatever He Needs to Be at any moment in time. You can never put God in a box. In fact, He has a plethora of Hebrew names embracing is His myriad of characteristics and attributes. On my Christian meditation CD Blessed Be the Names of God, I go through all of the Hebrew names of God and what they mean.
So today as you contemplate who or what you really are, think about yourself in terms of the intangible instead of the tangible or the natural. Confess Aloud:
I AM LOVE
I AM SPIRIT
I AM JOY
I AM PEACE
I AM ALL SUCCIFIENT
I AM WHOLE
I AM ABUNDANT
I AM HEALTH