In my own relationship with God, it seems
that He always answers my life’s most desperate questions - at first - as though they were “Who…?” questions.
If my hearts cry is, “What are we going to do?”
His response seems to be “I AM!”
If I ask, “How am I going to make ends meet?”
He seems to reply, “I AM!”
“Where can I go
for an answer to our dilemma?”
I feel He is saying, “I AM!”
“Why is this
I think He says, “I AM! So trust Me.”
By initially responding with “I AM!” to our requests, I think that God points us to Himself which
may be His way of saying, “Trust Me and let Me guide you to each of the answers for your important
questions – in My timing - because what you really need is a real
and living relationship with Myself.
So don’t run off and become independent with any knowledge,
revelation or provision that you receive from Me.”
Maybe it's just me (Not!) but my desire to be self sufficient often clouds my pursuit of knowing God for Who He really is; which - if we will truly realize it - is our life's greatest opportunity.
Look below at a list of human needs and the I AM statements made by Jesus Christ that apply to them.
“Do not fish here!” the villagers angrily told us. “This is where our ancestors live.”
Puzzled by these words, it was explained to me that
these people believed their deceased relatives had come back from the dead to
live as catfish in that part of the stream.
Not to be deterred, my African friends tried fishing again a short
distance downstream. To my amazement, we
were left alone to enjoy our afternoon pastime even though we were sure that those
same “protected catfish” could swim to where we might be able to catch them.
As a 9 year old, I learned from these older youths that
rather than mocking, disrespecting and arguing with adults we thought were
silly and superstitious, we simply made their requested adjustment and still
got to fish a short distance away.