Forever Name, Forever Near

“‘Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.’ Then Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ And he said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: “I am has sent me to you.”’ God also said to Moses, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.'” Exodus 3:10-15

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10

God’s name embodies God’s person. God’s call to Moses was bundled with a promise of His presence. Moses was uncertain about his worthiness and ability to accept God’s assignment, and God’s answer to his doubt was not a what, or how, but Who– Who had called him with authority and purpose, and whose presence would see him through. As he went forth to Pharaoh, to lead Israel to deliverance from Egypt, his LORD, I AM, would be with him. Always. The name above all names would be his reason, his protection, his power, his guide, his constant companion.

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And He is yours and mine today. In our inadequacy, any feelings of not measuring up, or reality of gross inability or weakness, God is with us as our identity, our banner. In fearful situations, ominous threats, uncertainty about the future, God is nigh, with and about us, our palpable friend. (Psalm 3:3) When we anticipate another’s challenge to choices we have made, criticism or question about what we are doing for God’s kingdom, God is enough, all-sufficient, and good.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalm 90:1-2

In what situations do I succumb to doubt and worry, rather than dwelling in the Almighty, resting in His strong name? Do I wear labels like ‘insufficient,’ ‘unworthy,’ ‘adrift,’ or is my life a bold proclamation of Whose I am? He who called me to be His has set His name upon me, and will never forsake His own. I am secure forever. (Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 43:1)

Great I AM, keep me daily bowing before Your name, confessing Your name, and trusting in Your name. Help me live moment by moment for Your high name’s sake and glory. (Philippians 2:9-11)

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