When We Wonder Who Am I

tree on horizonWho Am I?

That question comes up frequently in many different ways.  Several musicals address it. Today I look at three of them.

In Popeye, the spinach-eating sailor declares, “I Yam What I Yam”.

In Les Miz, former prisoner Jean Valjean asks, “Who Am I?”

Then, in Camelot, there is the shining knight Lancelot whose confidence burst forth in “C’est Moi”.

Identity

Each of these songs centers around a character’s identity and who they know they are. 

Popeye knew he yam what he yam.

Valjean knew he was not 24601 despite what Javert thought.

And Lancelot believed he was nonpareil.

When We Wonder “Who Am I?”

Each of us has a past, a history that helped shape us into the person we are. Some of that is good. Some not so good.

Our life experiences add to who we are, and who we can become. Knowledge gained through the years also comes into play in our development.

We might list off who we are in relationship to others. Wife. Husband. Mother. Father. Sister. Brother. Daughter. Son. Friend. Co-worker. Employer. Employee. Christ follower.

Or we might feel our accomplishments or our jobs define us. Our looks. Our physical prowess. Where we live. What we own. Who we know.

Our Identity

At the top of our Who Am I list, however, I believe we should have Child of the One True King, don’t you? That is where our worth lies, after all.

God is not the Great I Will Be. Nor is he the Great I Was. He is the Great I AM.

Always has been. Always will be.

God, the Great I AM

We first hear God say he is I AM who I AM in Exodus chapter 3. That’s the day God commissioned Moses from a burning bush to return to the land he ran from. Egypt. God assigned Moses the job of leading God’s people out of slavery to a land he promised their ancestors.

In answer to Moses’ excuses why he was not the best candidate for the job, God said to tell the Hebrew doubters, I AM who I AM sent Moses. No more explanation needed.

Sounds a little like Popeye took his song from this verse when he said, “I yam what I yam, and that’s all that I yam.”

It’s Not About Us

Moses, like many of us, looked at who he was. He looked at his strengths and his weaknesses, then decided he wasn’t up to accomplishing what God asked of him.

What Moses forgot, like what a lot of us forget, is it’s not about us. It’s about God.

I AM…able to see you through this difficult season in your life.

I AM…able to help you through the pain of this disease.

I AM…able to sustain you during this loss.

I AM…able to help you overcome this hurt and forgive.

I AM…able to restore the years the locusts ate.

I AM…able to do immeasurable more than you could ever dream or ask.

I Am…able to bring the prodigal home.

I AM who I AM.

Your Turn

When we claim Jesus as our Lord and King, we can proclaim with confidence and boldness exactly who we are. No need to wonder who am I.

We are a child of the King. The Great I AM.

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And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — God Cannot Lie

 

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Have you ever said that? Has anyone ever said that about you?

I’ve said it. Not recently, but I’ve said it.

I’ve lied. Not recently, but I have been a liar, liar pants on fire.

While reading the account in Numbers 23 of Balaam when he agreed to curse the Israelites for a fee the fact was stated; God is no mere human. He does not lie like we do. In fact, God cannot lie. He couldn’t even if he wanted to. That’s not in his nature.

Thinking about the way we humans sometimes project our human attributes on God, like lying and not keeping our promises, instead of realizing he is not human nor does he act like humans led me down another rabbit hole.

I thought of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and a battle scene in The Return of the King.

Spoiler alert – if you’ve not seen Return of the King, or read the book and intend to, the following gives away a plot point.

In The Return of the King, Eowyn, niece of Rohan’s king, disguised herself as a man in order to fight in a battle she’d been forbidden to enter, yet felt was her right.

During the battle she came face to face with the terrifying Lord of the Nazgul while trying to protect her uncle after he was injured. The Nazgul threatened to kill Eowyn, boasting that “no living man may hinder me,” referring to a 1,000-year-old prophecy foretelling that the Witch-king would not fall “by the hand of man”.

Eowyn threw off the helmet that had disguised her and declared:

“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman…”

She was no mere man.

The Witch-king attacked Eowyn, shattered her shield and broke her shield-arm with his mace before his attention was diverted as he was stabbed behind the knee by one of the Hobbits. At which time Eowyn seized the opportunity to strike the Nazgul with a deadly thrust of her sword.

As Eowyn’s sword shattered, the Nazgul’s withering form collapsed and he vanished with a final cry of anguish.

Now the connection…

The Nazgul erred in thinking Eowyn was a man. We err in thinking God is human.

God is not a human. He is the Great I AM, who has no beginning and no end. He is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent one who cannot lie.

Satan’s the true liar, liar, pants on fire. He’s the one who tries to deceive us and lead us away from God’s truth. Like the over-confident Nazgul Witch-king, Satan is wrong to believe he will not be defeated.

Jesus Christ took care of that when he died and rose again to sit at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

God cannot lie…he keeps his promises. Satan is going down!

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God is no mere human! He doesn’t tell lies or change his mind. God always keeps his promises. Numbers 23:19 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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