Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid! Matthew 14:27
These are trying times. Wars and rumors of wars, famines, sickness, unrest, a failing economy, high unemployment, rising food prices, rising gas prices, rising medical prices, and fear of terrorist attacks are just a few of the things that keep me up at night. I fear for myself, I fear for my kids, I fear for the future.
Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid!
When I read that it was as if God himself were saying the very same thing to me right at that moment! The thing that struck me the most was the phrase "I AM" I AM is God's name. It's the name He gave to Moses when Moses asked what he should call him.
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
So, when God is saying "I AM" He is saying. "I AM God, the creator of the universe. I AM your creator. I AM everything you'll ever need. I AM your provider, your protector, your hope, your joy, your peace, your purpose, your life.
Jesus used this significant phrase a few times during his ministry on earth. Once was when he was being questioned by the Jewish pharisees and Jesus mentioned how Abraham would rejoice to see this day come when Jesus walked the earth. . .
Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. John 8:56-59
Why did they try to stone him? Because Jesus had just declared Himself to be God.
The next time is my favorite "I AM" incident. It happens at the end of Jesus's ministry when He is about to be arrested and then put through a mock trial that would end in His death. It is in the middle of the night and Jesus and His disciples are in a garden resting when soldiers carrying torches come to arrest him. The story is found in John 18
Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I AM He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I AM He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
The HE is in italics because it was not in the original manuscript. In other words, Jesus said "I AM"! And look at the soldiers reactions!! They fell to the ground. AWESOME! Gives me tingles. They fell to the ground beneath the authority of the Living GOD!
Why do I tell you this? Because this same God is our Father. We are His Children. There's nothing He won't do for us. He loves us immeasurably! It may not seem that way all the time. Maybe you are struggling right now and being hit on many fronts. But rest assured God knows and He's on top of it! He's working things out for your good. And He's asking you to Stop Being Afraid!! And trust Him.
Here's a quick list of some of the "I am" phrases God declares about Himself in Scripture.
I am your shield Genesis 15:1
I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless Genesis 17:1
I am the Lord who heals you Exodus 15:26
I am the LORD who sanctifies you Exodus 31:13
I am holy Leviticus 11:44
I am your portion Numbers 18:20
I am continually with You Psalm 73:23
I am gentle and lowly in heart Matt 11:29
I am willing; be cleansed Matt 8:3
I am with you always Matt 28:20
I am the son of God Matt 27:43
I am the bread of life John 6:35
I am the light of the world John 8:12
I am the door John 10:9
I am the good shepherd John 10:11
I am the resurrection and the life John 11:25
I am the way the truth and the life John 14:6
I am in the Father John 14:20
I am the true vine John 15:1