God is I am. How we individually interpret that statement will have profound impact on how we perceive God. He is the One God who already IS and the only God who is to Come. He spoke this revolutionary truth to Moses when He appeared as a burning bush.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” Exodus 3: 14
The Israelites had just made wooden idols to worship. They were frustrated and tired of waiting on the Lord. We’ve all been there, right? But, imagine God, the great and only I am, witnessing His children create and worship false idols. It would be like my kids building robots – adorning them and worshiping them, while disregarding me as their mother. Not only would that hurt me, but it would hurt them even more profoundly. Creating God in our own image, rather than allowing God to be the only I AM in our lives, is a very dangerous territory. While most of us aren’t spending our days in the wood shop, carving out wooden dolls to idolize, we have all experienced seasons of partaking in idolatry. Maybe it is your children who have taken precedence over your time with God, or perhaps it is your spouse that has made his or her way into the sacred place in your heart meant for God alone. It could be something material like money, status, work or sleep. Idols creep up subtly, and, just like satan, they come to steal, kill and destroy.
My personal struggle with idolatry remained covered up, even from me. It didn’t rear its head until after I went through the devastation of burying my first-born son. The perfect life I had longed for came crashing down around me, exposing the self-made idols I had built up for decades. Unbeknownst to me I had built many idols made up of false ideals and unrealistic expectations – ones I had placed on my husband, my children, and myself, to create the perfect, ideal life.
Over the last several days, through these devotions, we have explored God as Father, Friend, Comforter, Healer, and Savior. He is all those things and more; Ultimately, He is everything. He longs to be your All in All, your Great I Am. When we accept God in all of His fullness, we inevitably become more intimate with Him. We realize that, not only are we not in control, but that we never have been. There is freedom in this revelation! There is freedom in allowing God to occupy His rightful place in our hearts and in our lives.
I would love to tell you that the idols in my life are dead and gone, that once they were exposed – I buried them once and for all. I would also love to tell you that they can never be raised back up from the dead. The hard truth is, while I hold the power to keep them buried, many times I allow them access back in my life. We must bury our idols every single day, sometimes several times a day. When we are tempted to compromise our values for success. When we receive the ‘perfect’ job offer that promises us the world. When we are provoked to open our own doors and make our own plans. When we take offense into our own hands and try to retaliate. When we overeat, spend too much or indulge in earthly pleasures, instead of delighting in the One who created us. It is imperative that we allow God to destroy each and every stronghold that tries to lure us from our One, true God.
“For God has put everything under His feet. Now when it says that everything has been put under Him, this clearly does not include the One who put everything under Him. And when all things have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15: 27-28
Allow God to be your all in all. Your I am. He will never abandon you. Look up, child. Be vulnerable and transparent with your Maker. Lift your eyes to the One who makes everything beautiful in His time.