I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the uncertainty in our world. Maybe you have too? It seems some people have unshakeable faith, that they never struggle with questions or doubts, fears or messy spiritual failures. I’m not one of them.
Instead I often find myself worrying about the future. I picture the worst case scenario—the world falls apart, completely runs out of coffee, or I make an epic, unredeemable mistake. Then I start asking, “Where are You, God? Why won’t You help me?”
In those moments, it helps to remember that when Moses asked God His name, the answer was simply, “I Am.” Why does this matter when I’m worried? Because I Am is present tense.
God’s name is not I Was.
His name is not I Will Be.
His name is I AM.
This means the only place I can fully experience the presence of God is the present moment. So, of course, it feels like He’s not in my imaginary, worst-case scenario future. When I get to tomorrow, He will be there. But today He is exactly where I need Him to be—with me.
As Melissa Spoelstra, author of The Names of God study, says, “When Moses needed confirmation, Yahweh said, ‘Whatever you need, I AM.’
If you need a provider, I AM
If you need help, I AM
If you need deliverance, I AM.”
Moses wasn’t in church or at a spa getting a pedicure when God spoke the name “I AM” to him. He was in a desert—a dry, lonely, difficult place. Perhaps it’s been all sunshine and glitter unicorns in your life the past few months, but I’ve had my share of desert moments. So I take comfort in knowing God was with me even then. My challenges do not change His character or commitment.
“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38)
God is with me right now.
God is with you right now.
And whatever tomorrow brings, He will be there too.
Cheering You On,
This week on the More than Small Talk podcast we have a reassuring conversation with author Melissa Spoelstra about who God is and why we can trust His love no matter what happens.