This is the name God used when He met Moses on Mount Horeb and told him He would rescue the Israelites from slavery. Moses asked, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your father has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” (Ex. 3:13). God answered, “I am who I am” (v. 14).
God is the Great I Am. This name is one of the richest names for God in the Bible. It is used to describe God’s eternal existence, His sovereign control over all things, His acts of redemption, and His covenantal presence with His people.
This name is also the name Jesus used to describe Himself in John 8, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God incarnate; He is God in the flesh. He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to be our God and dwell among us. He came to live the life we could not live and died the death we deserved. And through His Spirit sent to live within us, He is ever present with us.
The good news for overwhelmed moms bombarded with bad news is that our sovereign, eternal, all powerful God is present with us.
The Great I Am is with us in this pandemic.
When we find ourselves exhausted from trying to wrangle resistant children to sit down and do their schoolwork, we can trust in our Savior who gives us grace upon grace. We can cry out to Him for patience in that moment. We can pray for strength and endurance. And when we fail to be the moms we want to be, we can trust that Christ is perfect for us.
When we find ourselves overwhelmed by all the “what ifs” and “how longs,” we can pray those questions to God and know that He hears us. While we do not know what the future holds, our sovereign God knows. He determined all that will happen before time began. Nothing happens outside His control; He is not surprised by anything. And He goes before us, preparing the way.
When we worry about not having enough, not being enough, and not knowing enough, we can trust that Christ is enough for us. He is Jehovah Jireh. He owns all things and provides all that we need. He is sufficient for us in our weaknesses and inadequacies. He is wisdom for us.
Dear moms, we live in a time of great unknown. Don’t be surprised when you feel overwhelmed by bad news and uncertainty. Instead, turn to the good news. Look to Jesus Christ, the Great I Am. In the midst of this pandemic, know that He is present with you.