February 28, 2020

The Great I Am

Isaiah 46:3-5, 9-10

“I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. . . .”

—  Isaiah 46:4

God wants to get your attention. You, who are overwhelmed by the waves. You, who are feeling the heat of fire. You, whose body is wasting away. You, who are struggling under the weight of depression.

This is your Father speaking! This is the great I am, who has proven himself again and again throughout history. This is the one who has been protecting you since you were swimming in the womb, growing up in the world, and even now as your hair turns gray and your skin wrinkles. God has always been here, and he always will be.

God sees your struggles, catches your tears, feels your pain, hears your prayers, and says, through the prophet Isaiah, “I will sustain you and I will rescue you,” and “I am God, and there is none like me.”

What is the problem that you think is too big for God? Place it before him and watch the great I am, the maker of heaven and earth, take it over. God can do anything. God can stop my cancer, lead your child to salvation, heal your broken heart, and give us the peace that is beyond understanding.

One day, God will make all things new, and “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). Keep holding on!

Lord, help us to hold on to you when life tosses us to and fro. We know that you—the great I am—are in charge and will sustain us and carry us through. Amen.

About the author — Bonny Mulder-Behnia

Bonny Mulder-Behnia is a pastor in Bellflower, California, with 25 years of experience in church staff, educational, congregational, and pastoral ministry. She is married to Jahan and has two adult children and a grandson.

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