Lenten Devotional for February 11

What Is Your Name?

IamwebRead:  Exodus 3:1-14

God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. So say to the Israelites , ‘I Am has sent me to you.”
— Exodus 3:14


In the Hebrew Bible, names represent hopes, dreams, and the characteristics of persons. For example, Jacob, after wrestling with an angel was given a new name, Israel, which means “the one who struggled with God.” Knowing the name of a person can give insight into the origin, nature, and the dreams of the person and his or her family.

That’s why Moses asked God this question: What is your name? Knowing God’s name could tell us many things about God!

God said, “I am who I am!” In some translations, God said, “I shall be who I shall be.” Both translations are possible because the Hebrew grammar allows for both translations (“to be” or “to become”). When God says “I am who I am” God is actually refusing to be defined by one word. God is saying, “I am free. I am not defined. I am the Creator, not the created.” When God said, “I shall be who I shall be,” God was saying, “I am the one who causes things to be.” I am the Creator of history.

Though we may desire to define God more narrowly, knowing that God is “I am who I am,” can give us more confidence in God. God is free, undefined, and is present in all aspects of our lives.
–Sungho Lee*


Dear God, thank you for the gift of creation and the limitless gift of your presence with us. Amen.


How do my names for God limit my faith?

*From The Upper Room daily devotional guide. Copyright ©2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link:http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/5/.

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