From my 30-day devotional on Abraham: I AM
“The sovereign God wants to be loved for Himself and honored for Himself, but that is only part of what He wants. The other part is that He wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything.” ~ A. W. Tozer
“I ask you if you are not complete when God is yours? Do you want anything but God? Is his all-sufficiency not enough to satisfy you if all else should fail? When this is fulfilled, “I am thy God,” are you not possessor of all things?” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Read Genesis 15:1
Did you know that “fear” is referred to at least 295 times in the Bible? It’s true. God is very aware of the temptations we have to be afraid. God wants us to fear Him and to be freed from the control of all other fears. Here, in the Abraham story, God comes to Abram and says, “Do not be afraid.” Then God gives Abram the way to accomplish such a command.
God says, “I am a shield to you and I am your reward.” He gives Abram the same answer He later gives Moses: “I AM.” He tells Abram He is Abram’s shield, in other words, His protector. And God says He is Abram’s reward. This means that He is all Abram needs.
The lesson from this scripture is short, yet powerful. When you are afraid, insecure, worried, confused, down-hearted go to the great “I AM.” Set your mind on Him. Remember all the truths about Him. Know that He is whatever you need.
In the middle of cancer treatment I was very discouraged and fearful. Pain and fatigue were a part of my every day existence. Financial problems felt like they were choking us. As I prayed through our problems one day repeating all that I had been asking God to do, I felt the calm assurance of the two words, “I AM.”
We do not serve a reluctant God. We serve the “I AM” Who is already here. He has gone before us and is behind us. He is all we need for any problem, any situation, and any vision He may give us.
Go listen to this amazing song by Nicole Nordeman for great encouragement in the Lord: