YHWH (Yahweh, Jehovah) – I AM
Have you heard the story about the group of blind men who were trying to describe an elephant? One had hold of the trunk, one an ear, another a tree-stump of a leg. One had fallen against the massive side of the beast which felt like a brick wall to him. Each tried to sell a picture of an elephant based on his limited experience with its different parts.
There are a lot of descriptive names for God in the Bible. Each of these shows just a part of God’s nature based on God’s revelation for the moment. Because God is infinite, we can only hold a small piece of him in our hands and hearts. But just as you can’t imagine the enormity of an elephant based on his parts, neither can we imagine the immensity of God in that way.
But when Moses asked God His name, His answer revealed that He knows exactly how big He is. He responded “I AM.”
I AM what? Yes.
Mankind can come up with 100’s, 1000’s of superlatives to describe our God and we will still not have the full picture. When we ask, “Is God this?”, the answer is always, “Yes, and…” because there is much more to discover.
No matter what I need God to be today–savior, protector, provider, friend—He is that and so much more! Ask Him to give you just a glimpse of what this means. Humans cannot look at the fullness of God and live (Exodus 33:20), but at his request He allowed His friend Moses to see His back as He passed by. Oh, the glory!
What do these verses show you about the nature of God?