Lenten Devotional for February 16

Knowing the Great “I Am”

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


Moses very likely hoped for something more satisfying than what he got from God on Sinai—a little reassuring information, perhaps an explanation that would make sense of scary uncertainties. But what he got was a declaration that, like many of Jesus’ later sayings, seems both a rebuke and a promise. God’s self-naming in Exodus 3:14, generally rendered in English as “I am who I am,” has also been translated as “I will be what I will be” (ESV, footnote to Ex. 3:14). That disclosure did not answer Moses’ questions any more than Job’s were answered by “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4, ESV). Both direct attention not to what God may do for us, but, again, to who God is.
—Marilyn McEntyre*


God, forgive me when I expect you to be what I want you to be. Let me be trusting of you even when I don’t know all the answers. Amen.


What questions do you have about the nature of God?

Credits: *From Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, “The Hope Is in the Waiting,” Feb/Mar/Apr 2012. Copyright © 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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