The Great I Am
“God said to Moses, ‘I AM who I AM.’” Exodus 3:14a
Has someone ever said to you, “Well, that’s just who I am…” Generally, this is said as an excuse for behavior that is no so helpful. How often do you do the same – succumb to your limitations, and basically give in to the worst part of who you are?
When Yahweh spoke to Moses from the burning bush, he made the statement, “I am who I am.” The meaning of this proclamation goes far beyond a lack of resolve to change. As a matter of fact, as I pointed out in Sunday’s sermon, the original Hebrew indicates that Yahweh (God) is also saying, “I will be who I will be” and “I cause to be what I cause to be.” So, this statement about God is much more about who we can be, rather than being stuck with who we are.
In these days it feels like many people are choosing to be stuck. We receive so many messages that we are to break off any relationship if a person doesn’t think like we do. This is a toxic strategy! We would rather toss a person aside, rather than open our mind’s to accepting a different perspective.
Thankfully, we have a God who never tosses us away. Even more, we have a God who does not toss away any other person. While it is encouraging for us to think of God accepting us, can you be comfortable with God accepting others are suggesting you disregard? Even more, can you model God-like behavior and seek to love all? I pray it be so.
Gracious God, we ask that you would get us unstuck. Do so by giving us your love in our hearts. You are love, help us to love as you do. Amen.
Written by Pastor Greg Bouvier
Pastor Greg heard God’s call to Sheridan in 1999 and that began a journey which has become his life’s work. Having played a variety of roles as pastor of Sheridan, Pastor Greg was called as the Senior Pastor in 2011. He now leads the staff and his primary focus is on the creation of culture, the overall direction of worship and partnering with our amazing team. Pastor Greg has been married to Rose for more than 30 years and together they have two servant-hearted grown children.