I’m There For You!
Have friends ever stated, “I’m there for you”? Perhaps you have said those words to others with a sincere heart to help, encourage, and even share in the difficult journey another friend may be experiencing. It is comforting to know that you are not alone in adversity and that friends are willing to assist. What a blessing and a gift from God to be loved by friends and family in this way. But their strength is limited. They see only part of the situation. They do not have the power to meet all our needs and may even fail us in our darkest moments.
The good news is there is a greater presence and a closer, wiser friend who is always there. This fall, the Redeemer Women’s Bible Study has been digging into the names of God as revealed in scripture and we have discovered the great comfort and assurance of the God who is there, the great I AM. We have marveled at this most holy yet personal name for God, Jehovah/JHWH. The self-existent, ever-living God, who cannot change or be moved from His everlasting purpose, is our God. This name reveals His powerful covenant keeping character, a God who sees, who cares, who provides, and is always there.
God first revealed Himself to Moses as the great I AM at the burning bush in Exodus 3. Moses came to understand the powerful name of the One who had called him. The self-existent One who created him and called him would also watch over him, strengthen him, equip him, and go with him. Though Moses did not see himself as adequate for the task, as Spurgeon says, “In having God, he had more than all things, for all things come from Him.” In standing before his people or the greatest human power on earth, the eternally existing Creator of all things was with Moses, strengthening him, and providing for him.
It has been a delight to study the names of God with RBC women on Tuesdays and to grow together in our knowledge of God and His great love for His people. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses is also our God. The great I AM does not change; He remains the same yesterday with the Patriarchs, today through our trials, and for the unknowns of tomorrow. Why would we not first turn to this covenant-keeping God who is there in times of trial? I have been encouraged by the diligence of the RBC women in seeking to know their God and have witnessed their growing faith and trust in almighty Jehovah. Though several are in the midst of trials, they are discovering anew that the great I AM is with them – He truly and powerfully is there for them. Together, we are learning to, Trust in Jehovah forever, for in God the I AM, we have an everlasting rock (Isaiah 26:4).
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you (Psalm 9:5-6).