Sometimes, I breeze past a statement in the Bible and never really see it. Then at other times, a verse pops off the page and burrows deep into my heart. Recently, I watched the Ten Commandments movie again. The scene with Moses at the burning bush caught my attention. When Moses asks for the name of the Lord, He responds “I Am Who I Am,” (Exodus 3:14). For some reason, those words struck a cord and sent me digging into my Bible to learn more.
God wants us to have a deeper understanding of His nature. The “I Am” statement appears 719 times in the Bible. Each time the words surface, we get to peek into the incredible qualities of God. From the “I am the alpha and the omega” (Revelation 1:8) to the “I am coming again” (Revelation 3:11), God shows us He is everything we will ever need in our lives.
Here are some of my favorites “I am” verses:
- I am the one who lives – Revelations 1:18
- I am the one who heals – Exodus 15:26
- I am merciful – Exodus 22:27
- I am with you – Isaiah 41:10
- I am the one who comforts – Isaiah 51:12
- I am the bread of life – John 6:48
- I am the light of the world – John 8:12
- I am the good shepherd – John 10:11
- I am Holy – Leviticus 11:45
- I am God Almighty – Genesis 17:1
The words tell us God is holy and deserving of our worship. But, He also cares about us. He heals, comforts and provides for our daily needs. The creator of the universe loves the created enough to show us His nature to encourage us daily.
Psalm 96:4 (NLT) Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.
The “I am” verses also assure me when I think I am not enough in this life. When I am not able to do something, He can (Matthew 19:26). When I am weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). When I am lost for words to say, God provides the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:12). And finally, when I am unworthy, He shows me my value by dying for my sins (Romans 5:8).
By repeating a theme multiple times in the Bible, God calls us to the importance of those words. All the “I am” verses provides a powerful example of the use of themes. God wants to be everything to us by showing us He is the one true God and He is able.
Yvonne – blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”