How often do we use that phrase? I am tired. I am sick. I am going. I am not going. I am, I am, I am.
How often do we think about these same words as they are used in the Bible? God told Moses to tell the people I am the I am, signifying there are no words, no names to define God. Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life. Not just the way, but THE way, THE truth and THE light.
I thought about all the times I say I am as I listened to the young man preach this sermon on Sunday.
You see, we (the pastor search committee) had traveled approximately 200 miles to Sterlington, La to listen to a young man named Doug Hughes preach. The pastor of the church his sister attends graciously allowed him to fill the pulpit for our hearing enjoyment.
The morning worship began at 10. There was a praise group of 2 women and 2 men who led the congregation in worship. We sang praise songs and traditional hymns.Then Bro. Dough preached his message. Another thing that impressed me was that he shared that normally he prepares his message a certain way and this time was no different. However, during the song service God had impressed upon him to toss that sermon and preach the one on I AM.
The ‘funny’ thing about hearing this sermon was the things that had occurred Friday and Saturday in my life in which the ‘I Am’ was a prominent theme.
God sure does work in mysterious and wondrous ways.