“God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM.”” – Exodus 3:14a (NIV)
Who is God? Who is I AM?
So far, in this series, we have learned that He is the Bread of Life – our Sustainer – and the Light of the World. We have learned that Jesus is the Door – the only way to our Father in Heaven. He is the Good Shepherd. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; and He is the True Vine.
God is so many things. He is our Comforter, our Protecter, our Friend. He is merciful, loving, forgiving, and faithful. He is the King of Kings, our Rescuer and Redeemer. We could do a year-long series on who God is, and still not cover everything.
“Rather, God is God – the Author and Sustainer of everything. He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. All things emanate from Him and terminate in Him. From Him alone, every living thing draws its breath. In Him alone, everything is held together. He is great and grand beyond our ability to comprehend. And He is center stage in history, in eternity, and in all there is.” – Louie Giglio, I Am Not, but I Know I AM
This article is titled after this incredible book, because I don’t believe there is a better way to say it: I am not, but I know I AM. God’s one big claim, which is the umbrella claim that all His other claims fall under, is this: “I AM who I AM.”
God is, was, and always will be God. Which can only mean one thing: we are, were, and always will be not God. We are not God.
“To say it differently, God’s name is ‘I have always been and always will be God’, and my name is ‘I have never been and never will be God. My name is ‘I am not’.” – Louie Giglio, I Am Not, but I Know I AM
We cannot claim to be the Sustainer, because that is God’s claim – and His claim only (Colossians 1:16-17). We cannot claim to be the Messiah, because that is Christ’s claim – and His claim only (Matthew 16:15-16). His claims are what our claims are based upon. He is the Redeemer, and we are the redeemed (Psalm 19:14; 111:9). He is the Forgiver, and we are who He has forgiven (Colossians 3:13). He is the Potter, and we are the clay (Jeremiah 18). He is I AM, and we are not.
“Yet, the fact that our names are ‘I am not’ does not require us to put ourselves down, but rather to embrace the fact that we have already achieved the greatest heights because we know I AM.” – Louie Giglio, I Am Not, but I Know I AM
Knowing I AM – belonging to Him, and being saved by Him, and through Christ’s blood – it brings us into His Kingdom, it gives us the freedom of being sons and daughters of the Most High, our King and Savior.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Always remember this. Always remember that you are loved and chosen. That you belong to the God who is all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, and unchanging.
“I am not…but He knows my name. I am not…but He has pursued me in His love. I am not…but I have been purchased and redeemed. I am not…but I have been invited into the Story. I am not…but I know the Creator of the Universe. I am not…but I know I AM.” – Louie Giglio, I Am Not, but I Know I AM
Your challenge today – as we launch into the next seasons of our lives, and as we begin to embrace this profound knowledge that we are not, but we know I AM – is this: I want you to take the above quote, and make it your own. And every week, I want you to switch it up, and make a new one. For example…mine this week, will be this: I am not…but He loves me anyways.
Write it down, set it as a reminder on your phone, put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror…do whatever it takes to constantly be rehearsing this truth: that you are not, but you know I AM.
“If you are willing to let go of the idea that life is all about you, you will find yourself breathing in fresh rest and living out more meaning than you’ve ever dreamed. And if you grasp the hand of the Almighty, and embrace the reality that His hand is holding you, I believe you will sense a tectonic shift of the soul that will reward you with a massive payoff of joy that will surprise and stabilize your heart.” – Louie Giglio, I Am Not, but I Know I AM