“I Am Not but I know I AM” – Louie Giglio
“God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows just how small and frail you are. He knows you are just one person, a tiny one at that. He knows your limitations, and He made you that way for a purpose.” – Chapter Three
We live in a world that is constantly telling you to simply believe in yourself, to be the best person that you can be and that life is all about you. Louie Giglio uses this book to remind you that you are small, very small, there is a reason for that.
God is I Am
The first time that the God of the Bible is given a name is when speaking to Moses from the burning bush where He tells Moses that He is “I Am Who I Am”. What does this mean? It means that God is. God has been, is, and always will be. And because of this, He is sufficient.
Giglio points out that if God put something after “I Am”, we would try and box Him in. We would try and make Him into something that our finite minds can understand. Instead, He gives a name that we don’t quite understand but we know to be 100% true.
I Am Not I Am
Although the title of this book is slightly confusing, Giglio explains it early on in the book. If God is I Am. If He is, has been, and always will be God. Then it is clear that I am not. I am not, never have been, and never will be God.
Why is this important? Because we so often try to be the god of our own lives and this endeavor is meaningless and stressful. We spend so much time trying to be the star of our own very tiny story when God gives us the opportunity to be a part of His much bigger, much more meaningful, much more exciting story.
A Powerful Book
This book is a little one, only 168 pages. This is actually an advantage; the book’s conciseness means that it doesn’t waft on and leave you bored. It helps you realize that the author is just as small as you are, but the God we serve is incredibly big. Giglio’s main point is that God is all we need. If we focus on Him, on who He is and the fact that He is with us if we stop trying to write our own little story—that’s when life truly becomes what it is supposed to be. It is the life we were designed for and Giglio makes you question why you have been fighting it all this time.
“I am not the center of everything.
I am not in control.
I am not the Source.
I am not the solution.
I am not all-powerful.
I am not calling the shots.
I am not the Owner of everything.
I am not the Lord” – Chapter 4
“When you cry out all the things you are not, you’ll know His answer is I AM”. – Chapter 14