How would you describe yourself in only two words? Because you are a complicated and a multifaceted person, two words might be considered a partial description. There is not a more complicated and more multifaceted being than God. Yet He describes Himself in one word. The Hebrew word “Yahweh” means “I AM.”
God wanted Moses to deliver His people from Pharaoh. Even though he was a Hebrew, Moses had not been around God’s people for many years. He was not sure that they would believe that their God had sent him. Moses asked God what he was supposed to tell the Israelite nation if they asked what God’s name was. God replied, “I AM has sent you.”
Why would God use those two words to describe Himself? The two words, I AM, encompasses all three of God’s attributes. Those words all begin with “O” – omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience. Each one of those words can only be applied to God – nobody else has these traits.
“Am” is the first person, present tense of the verb to be. God was always there in the past with no beginning. He is present with us now, and He will continue to be here in the future; He has no end. The verb AM also means to transpire, happen or come to pass. God causes and can cause anything to happen because He is omnipotent, all powerful. He spoke the world into existence. I AM resonates His power. The last of God’s attributes is omniscience. God knows everything. He does not forget anything and knows all there is to know.
This same I AM loves you and longs for a relationship with you. He wants to help you navigate through life’s trials and joys. But He allows you to be in charge of the times you meet, and if you want Him to walk with you through life. I AM is waiting for you.
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:18-19