This blast from the past popped into my head this morning and got me thinking …
Thank you God for who you ARE. You’re the great I AM.
You are always present tense, always PRESENT.
I WAS … but that was in the past until your past messed up
I USED TO BE … but you can no longer depend on me to be like that
I WILL BE … but only someday when you get yourself sorted
I COULD BE … but it all depends on your faith levels
I MIGHT BE … but only if the circumstances are right
WHO HE IS
– is not limited to your past or by your past
– is always the same, today, yesterday and forever
– is not conditional
– is not dependent on your faith or feelings
– is not dictated by your character or circumstances
As the Psalms constantly remind us of WHO HE IS, for example
Our refuge and strength (Ps 46)
Our ever present help in trouble (Ps 46)
Our hiding place (Ps 32)
Our strength and shield (Ps 28)
Our rock and fortress (Ps 31)
When I introduce myself, I say “I’m Shirley”. Today I feel more like sleepy Shirley! Some days I feel like strong Shirley, shy Shirley, secure Shirley, successful Shirley, smiley Shirley, shouty Shirley – with joy or frustration!!! How I feel may change but my name doesn’t! I may be Shirley, the wife, mum, daughter, sister, aunt, friend etc but I am always Shirley.
Similarly, even though my emotions and circumstances may change, His name doesn’t.
He is JEHOVAH – I AM WHO I AM but He is also
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord our Healer
Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our Peace
Jehovah Raah – The Lord our Shepherd
Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our Banner
Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is there
Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will provide
Introduce Him by name to the emotions and circumstances you may be struggling with today.
Remind them and yourself of I AM – who He is and what His names are.
He is EL SHADDAI, the Lord God Almighty.
Today. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Always. Forever.