“If I was a girl, my name would be Anika. But I’m not, so they called me ‘Yannick’. It means ‘Gift of God’.“
“And ‘Jordyn’ means ‘descendant from’. My parents chose it for me because I was their firstborn. The ‘y’ gives it a feminine touch.”
“My name’s really strange. ‘Darcy’ means darkness, but my middle name, ‘Rea’, means light. It’s like a ray of light in the dark. So I like to hyphenate my name even though it’s not like that on my birth certificate. ‘Darcy-Rea’; that’s just how it’s meant to be.”
That’s a typical explanation that my siblings and I would give of our names. Names tell us a lot about the named and/or the namer. So it’s no wonder that when God tells us His Name, there’s a lot we can learn about Him.
Let’s focus today on His Name “I AM WHO I AM” as revealed in Exodus 3:13-14:
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
– Exodus 3:13-14
God exists in and of Himself
The name “I AM” tells us that God exists, then gives no explanation as to how or why. That’s not a mistake; there is no explanation as to how God came to be. You can’t find the beginning of God because there is none. He has existed since eternity past and there was nothing that came before Him to create Him or call Him into being.
God is not whoever we want Him to be
God is who He is as opposed to who we want Him to be. The idea behind relativism is that “what’s true for you is not necessarily true for me”. It says that each person can believe what they want to believe, and that’s their truth. If that was the case, then God’s nature would change constantly depending on whom you are talking to. That’s just not the truth. God is who He is independent of the opinions of individual people. He is who He says He is, not who I say He is; not who you say He is.
God never changes
God remains true to His character; unchanging no matter what different people may say. Not only that, but He remains the same over the passing of time. He is unchanging from eternity past to eternity future. He has always been who He is and so He will always be. He remains faithful to His character. God never changes.
And with that, I’ll leave you with a couple of extra resources, should you want to dig deeper into the matter.
For more on:
- The full story of God revealing His name to Moses as “I AM”: Read Exodus 3.
- God’s name “I AM”: Read the article and/or listen to the audio clip found on this page.
Let’s get the ball rolling
- Do you believe that God is who He says He is?
- What is your name and what does it mean?
- How do you understand the name of God: “I AM”?
I want to hear your thoughts.