I love the image of the burning bush and God’s name for Himself there: I AM. He is so great, so completely other, so complete, that just declaring His existence is enough. In that one name, that declaration, He implies all the rest:
I AM sufficient
I AM holy
I AM your God
I AM love
I AM with you
I AM everything good and right
Everything He is, is in that declaration. Everything I could want is in that statement.
It invites–no demands–worship. It commands submission. Because if He is everything, then what am I? Nothing…no one…sinful…lacking. Submission to His I AM puts me in my proper place. It makes me realize that apart from Him, I can do nothing, I can be nothing. There is nothing good apart from Him. I can never stand before His standards, His holiness. I must take off my shoes and bow before Him.
And then, Jesus.
Jesus completes the picture of the burning bush. At the heart of I AM, at the center of His Otherness is the One who loved so much, the One who sacrificed so much. The Father gave His Beloved Son. The Son gave up His position and then His life. Because of love. Love for each other, love for us.
Giving, not demanding. Offering Himself and inviting us into the ring of light.
How can I not bow before such a God? How can I not want to give Him everything I am and have (which is pathetic, by the way) in exchange for His magnificent everything? I long to experience the warmth of the fire that lights the heart of God. I know of it, can even see it some days. But to REALLY experience it, to be able to hold on to such an experience, I think that would be life changing. Like Ephesians 3 says: “that you might…know this love which surpasses knowledge, that you might be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God.”
What do you think? Have you experienced God’s love in a life-changing way? Tell me about it in the comments.