Whether you’re just coming out of a trial, in a storm now, or about to hit a rough patch, everyone needs encouragement sometimes. One place we can find it is in Exodus 3:14. Moses had just encountered God in the burning bush that was not consumed. God had given him his call to bring His people out of Egypt, and Moses asked God to tell him His name. “And God said unto Moses, ‘I Am That I Am.’” Now, there are three ways to look at God’s name, each revealing a little more about Him. And, when we look at His name in relation to the other names the Bible gives for God, we find a truth we can hold onto even on our darkest days.
Three Ways to See God’s Name: I Am that I Am
Emphasis on the first part: I AM that I am. He’s the God who was and is and is to come. He’s infinite, eternally constant, ever-present, never changing, self-sufficient, self-sustaining. He is.
Emphasis as a whole: I AM THAT I AM. He is Who He says He is. He’s the one and only, the name above all names. We can trust Him because He is THAT I Am.
Emphasis on the last part: I am THAT I AM. Think about all the many names for God throughout the Bible. Whatever you need, just put that need in there, and He’s THAT God.
God’s Names in the Bible
Some sources say that there are over 100 names for God in the Bible, and some say there are nearly a thousand. Whatever problems we face, we have a God who can take care of everything. Whatever you need, He is what you need.
Do you need mercy? He is Elohei Chasdi – God of My Mercy – Psalm 59:17
Do you need to know you matter? He is El Roi – The God Who Sees Me – Genesis 16:13
Do you need His power? He is El Shaddai – The Almighty Sufficient One, Almighty God — Genesis 17:1, Ezekiel 10:5, Revelation 19:15
Do you need truth? He is Jehovah El Emeth – Lord God of Truth – Deuteronomy 32:4
Do you need justice? He is Jehovah El Gemuwai – The Lord of Recompense – Ruth 2:12, Ezekiel 11:21, 16:43, 22:31
Do you need Him forever? He is El Olam – The Everlasting God – Genesis 21:33, Isaiah 40:28
Do you need provision? He is Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord Will Provide — Genesis 22:14
Do you need to be holy? He is Jehovah-M’Kaddesh — The Lord Who Sanctifies – Leviticus 20:8
Do you need to be delivered? He is Jehovah Mephalti – The Lord My Deliverer – 2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 18:2, 40:17, 70:5, 144:2, Micah 2:13
Do you need victory? He is Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Our Banner — Exodus 17:8-15
Do you need care? He is Jehovah Ra’ah (or Roi): The Lord My Shepherd – Psalm 23:1
Do you need healing? He is Jehovah Rapha — The Lord Who Heals – Exodus 15:26
Do you need peace/rest? He is Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace – Judges 6:24
Do you feel lonely? He is Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord Is There – Ezekiel 48:35
Do you need to be right with God? He is Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord My Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6
Do you need someone to listen? He is Peleh Yo’etz – Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
God’s Promises to Believers
But, even when we know we have a wonderful, powerful, limitless God, sometimes when we get into trouble, our faith can start to waiver. What if He won’t answer? What if He says no to my prayer?. But, John 15:7 says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” That doesn’t say it might be done or even it probably will be done. It says as long as we are living in right relationship with God, it will be done.
But we can’t just ask God for help and not expect Him to give it. It takes faith for God to answer our prayers. Mark 9:23 says, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth,” and Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” God will answer our prayers when we have the faith to believe Him for it.
So, the next time you have a need, lean not on your own understanding. Remember that He is “I Am That I Am.” He is THAT God who is ready and able to answer the prayers of His children.
More Resources You May Like
If you like encouraging articles Standing on the Promises of God . It is about a situation at school that taught me to stand against the devil and praise God’s name. Or, try Instead of Fear, Choose Faith in God’s Promises where we look at the five kinds of fears and the promises in the Bible that address them. Please make sure to subscribe via email in the upper right hand corner or at the bottom on a phone. Also, check out my YouTube channel in which I read the blogs out loud. I also have a playlist of hymns from my church.