A devotional thought from George Robinson for “God’s Law for Life”
After God delivered the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, He initiated a covenant with the people by giving them the Ten Commandments. But prior to telling the Israelites what they must do, He reminded them of who He is: “I am the LORD your God” (Ex. 20:2). The name He revealed to Israel’s leader, Moses, was: I AM WHO I AM (3:14).
In some sense, God was telling Moses that He wouldn’t be boxed in or defined. God would be known by what He had done in the past, what He was doing in the present, and what He would do in the future. Through His faithfulness to keep His promises, we are able to get a glimpse into the nature and character of God.
There is certainly more to God than what He has done in the past. But we shouldn’t underestimate the powerful truth that we know what a person is like based on what they have done. What they do tells us something about who they are. It is the same with God. The great I AM has delivered us from bondage to sin, is continuing to deliver us today, and promises to completely deliver us from all trace of sin in the future. The I AM remains faithful.
Pause and Reflect
• Put down on paper some ways I AM has proven His faithfulness in your life.
• When you speak of God to others, how do you describe Him?
• Pray: O Lord of grace, The world is before me this day, and I am weak and fearful, but I look to thee for strength…If left to the treachery of my heart I shall shame thy name, but if enlightened, guided, upheld by thy Spirit, I shall bring thee glory…All thy lovingkindness is in thy Son…I plead his blood to pay my debts of wrong.” [Arthur Bennett, ed., The Valley of Vision (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), 157.]