What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually. From the moment your parents decided on your name, it has been your main identifier and descriptor.
In Exodus chapter 3, God reveals His name to Moses when He says, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” In Hebrew, “I AM” means, “I was, am, and will be who I am.” It’s kind of an odd name, but what it says about God is that He does not change. He is the eternally existent God, who always was and always will be. He is the only true constant in all of time and existence. (Malachi 3:6) (John 1:1-3) (James 1:17)
This is important, because it tells us that God wants to be as intimately involved in things now as He was then.
This is good news, right? But look how God got involved then…
After God told Moses He was going to get involved in freeing the Israelite slaves, He said, “So now, go. I am sending you…” Moses planned on being a spectator to God’s involvement. He didn’t intend to get involved himself. But God intended to get involved by getting Moses involved.
The “I Am” has not changed. He still gets involved in what’s going on by getting us involved in what’s going on. We are to be partners, not spectators. It is our involvement that channels God’s involvement, and what He does in us and through us is the bigger miracle.
So look at where you want God’s involvement and ask yourself, “How does he want me to get involved?” This could be your burning bush!
Bret Legg is the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.