|October 2011 Daily Devotion Archive|
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the Lord.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies will not escape.
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless of his ways will die.
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
And He will pay back what he has given.
- Proverbs 19:1-3, 5, 11, 15-17
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart--
These, O God, You will not despise.
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
- Psalm 51:13-19
Going Against God's Plan
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, "Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land." Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. - Exodus 1:8-12
As I read this passage, I found a portion of it to be rather ironic. The Egyptians were so afraid that the Israelites would leave their land in Egypt that they subjected the Israelites to hard labor and bondage, basically turning them into slaves. But later on, after God sent the ten plagues, the Egyptians practically begged the Israelites to leave (Exodus 12:33)! That's the kind of thing that can happen when we try to work against God's plan or against God's chosen people. God will always prevail in the end.
Question to Ponder: Think about a time when you tried to go against God's plan...what was the end result?
King Solomon's Wise Request
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask! What shall I give you?" And Solomon said ... "Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." - 1 Kings 3:5-6a, 9-14
Question to Ponder: If you were in Solomon's place, what would you ask God to give you?
A Prophecy of Jesus
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
"And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious."
- Isaiah 11:1-5, 10
The Parable of the Leaven
Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened." All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world." - Matthew 13:33-35
In our hearts, one thing can grow and expand like leaven (yeast) does when it is baked. We can choose to allow the Holy Spirit to expand and to work through us, which in turn allows God's Word to spread into the world around us. Or, we can choose to allow our sinful desires to expand within ourselves. In other parts of the Bible, leaven is used to refer to sins such as false teaching, hypocrisy, and sexual immorality, all of which have the power to spread and expand. One or the other will expand and take over inside each of us and impact not only ourselves but the people in the world around us. Which will you choose?
Question to Ponder: What is growing and expanding within you--the power of the Holy Spirit, or your own sinful desires?
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. - Colossians 1:9-12
As he begins his letter to the believers in the city of Colosse, Paul first gives thanks for their salvation which has come through their faith in Jesus Christ. Then he writes this passage, which continues to express his thankfulness for their salvation but also offers a prayer and challenge for them. In the context of Paul's prayer for these people, he challenges them (and all of us) to do four things: follow God's will and use His wisdom, live in a manner which is pleasing to the Lord, look to the Lord for strength and patience, and thank the Lord for His salvation!
Question to Ponder: Which of these four challenges do you need to work on the most?
A foolish son is the ruin of his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
But who can find a faithful man?
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Better to dwell in the wilderness,
Than with a contentious and angry woman.
A continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
- Proverbs 19:13-14; 20:6-7; 21:9, 19; 27:15-16
God shall likewise destroy you forever;
He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place,
And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
The righteous also shall see and fear,
And shall laugh at him, saying,
"Here is the man who did not make God his strength,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
And strengthened himself in his wickedness."
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
I will praise You forever,
Because You have done it;
And in the presence of Your saints
I will wait on Your name, for it is good.
- Psalm 52:5-9
Obey God Above Anyone Else
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live." But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. ... Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them. - Exodus 1:15-17, 20-21
Even the Bible tells us that it is important to respect and obey our political leaders and all those in authority (Romans 13). However, our first and ultimate responsibility is to God Himself. What does that mean? If the law in this country ever contradicts what God commands us to do, we are to follow God instead of our law. The midwives in this story made the right decision, following God instead of killing the babies as Pharoah had ordered, and God blessed them for their obedience.
Question to Ponder: Do you have the courage to follow God's commands, even if you had to go against a law?
Solomon's Sinful Lust
But King Solomon loved many foreign women ... from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. - 1 Kings 11:1a, 2-4
So many sins begin with lust. Solomon had lived for the Lord throughout his life, but eventually, his lust toward foreign women began to control him. He even started to build places for sacrificing to the false gods of some of his wives, which angered the one true God. Because of this sin, God tore the kingdom of Israel from the family of David (Solomon's father), and the righteousness of all Israel deteriorated. Just like David's sin with Bathsheba, it all began with lust. I urge you, please be very careful not to lust after anyone. Focus on God instead.
Question to Ponder: What (if anything) or who (if anyone) do you lust after?
Satan's Arrogance and His Fall
"How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit."
- Isaiah 14:12-15
Calm in the Midst of the Storm
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" - Mark 4:35-41
We've all heard the story of this miracle before, but today I want to look at it a little differently. Notice how Jesus responded to this torrential storm. He didn't become anxious or worried. Instead, He was asleep! He was so much at peace that He was able to sleep during this time. If we'll let Him, He gives us the same power--to be calm and relaxed in the midst of any kind of storm that may come your way in this life, if only we will look to Him and trust in His will.
Question to Ponder: Do you trust that Jesus will be the calm in the midst of your storms?
What Jesus Can Do For You
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. - Colossians 1:13-14
These two verses give us a very good summary of what the Christian faith is all about. If you are a born-again Christian, then you have experienced this deliverance and redemption. If you are not, then you are allowing the power of darkness to have control over you and your life. If that is where you find yourself, why wouldn't you want to let Jesus come into your heart? For many, I think it is because they do not want to give up control or they don't want to stop doing whatever sinful things they may enjoy. But if you can give up those things and truly turn your entire life over to Christ, He will give you everything you need, such as a level of joy and peace that you have never experienced before! Once you do that, you won't even miss those sinful things that you used to do when you were under the power of darkness. Let Jesus have control of your life!
Question to Ponder: Have you truly and completely given your life over to Jesus Christ, our Savior?
Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
There are many plans in a man's heart,
Nevertheless the Lord's counsel--that will stand.
What is desired in a man is kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar.
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil.
It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.
Do not say, "I will recompense evil";
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord,
And dishonest scales are not good.
A man's steps are of the Lord;
How then can a man understand his own way?
- Proverbs 19:20-23; 20:3, 22-24
Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up;
Fighting all day he oppresses me.
My enemies would hound me all day,
For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?
When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me.
In God (I will praise His word),
In the Lord (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
- Psalm 56:1-4, 9-11
Someone Is Always Watching
[Moses] saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, "Why are you striking your companion?" Then he said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" So Moses feared and said, "Surely this thing is known!" - Exodus 2:11b-14
Be careful not to fool yourself into thinking that you can do something in secret and get away with it. Moses was trying to protect his fellow Hebrew, and he didn't think anyone saw him commit this act of murder. But apparently someone did. In our modern-day society, with technological advances and social media, keeping a secret is even harder. But even if no one else sees what you're doing, God still does. He sees and knows everything that you do. If you're doing something that you don't want anyone (including God) to know about, then it is something that you should not be doing. Let Jesus help you gain the victory over your sin!
Question to Ponder: Are you doing something that you try to hide from other people, or even from God Himself?
Passing the Blame
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word." [Three years pass.] ... Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, O troubler of Israel?" And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals. Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table." - 1 Kings 17:1, 18:17-19
Israel had endured a three-year drought, and Elijah, through the power of God, was just about ready to bring it to an end. He went to King Ahab to deliver the message, but Ahab insisted on blaming Elijah for the drought! Elijah set him straight, though, telling him that it was his own fault for leading Israel away from the Lord. The lesson? Don't be so quick to point a finger at someone else, because it just may be your own fault!
Question to Ponder: How easy or difficult is it for you to admit when you are at fault, or are you quick to blame others instead?
Must We Be Destroyed Before We Respect God?
The burden against Damascus.
"Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
In that day a man will look to his Maker,
And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
He will not look to the altars,
The work of his hands;
He will not respect what his fingers have made,
Nor the wooden images nor the incense altars.
In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough
And an uppermost branch,
Which they left because of the children of Israel;
And there will be desolation.
Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold,
- Isaiah 17:1, 7-10a
How Much Do You Labor for Jesus?
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages ... But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." - Matthew 9:35a, 36-38
As Christians, Jesus commands us to spread His Word into the world around us. Unfortunately, the words He spoke in this passage still apply to some degree today: We have billions of unbelievers across the world, but a relatively tiny number of people who are willing to reach out to them. With that said, everyone's calling is different. Some people are called to be long-term missionaries in a foreign land, but many of us are not. Still, we are all called to spread God's Word in some way, even if it is just in our community or with the people we see every day. I know that I communicate better in written form than I do verbally, which is why I reach out through these daily devotionals. We all have our God-given strengths, and we need to use them for Jesus.
Question to Ponder: How can you more effectively spread God's Word?
A Description of Jesus
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. - Colossians 1:15-20
In this passage, Paul gives us a wonderful and beautiful description of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. I encourage you to read over this passage a few times and ponder it in your mind. When you stop to consider all that He has done, and everything He does for us each day, is He really asking too much of us when He asks us to follow Him and submit to His will?
Question to Ponder: How would you describe Jesus?
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
A haughty look, a proud heart,
And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Getting treasures by a lying tongue
Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
A gift in secret pacifies anger,
And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
It is a joy for the just to do justice,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
- Proverbs 21:2-6, 13-15, 21, 23
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
He shall send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah
God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens,
And Your truth unto the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.
- Psalm 57:1-3, 9-11
Trusting God's Plan
And the Lord said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land ... Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?" So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." - Exodus 3:7-8a, 10-12
A lot of us can probably relate to how Moses must have felt at this moment. God was asking him to do something that no doubt made him nervous and apprehensive, and Moses was a little reluctant. However, he did trust God and do as God commanded, and as a result, all the Israelites were delivered to freedom! God will never let us down; we just have to trust Him.
Question to Ponder: If you were Moses, would you have been reluctant? Would you have eventually followed God's command?
Elijah's Unwavering Faith, Part 1 of 3
So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word. Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God." So all the people answered and said, "It is well spoken." - 1 Kings 18:20-24
Elijah's faith was strong and unwavering. Despite fierce opposition from the followers of the false god Baal, Elijah stood his ground and defended the one true God. He didn't back down, and we shouldn't either, even in the face of intense opposition.
Question to Ponder: How does your faith compare with that of Elijah? Could you have done what he did?
An Ungodly Nation Can Be Destroyed From Within
The burden against Egypt.
Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
"I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
Everyone will fight against his brother,
And everyone against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;
I will destroy their counsel,
And they will consult the idols and the charmers,
The mediums and the sorcerers.
And the Egyptians I will give
Into the hand of a cruel master,
And a fierce king will rule over them,"
Says the Lord, the Lord of hosts.
- Isaiah 19:1-4
Jesus Tells It Like It Is
Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food. ... "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." - Matthew 10:8b-10, 16-20
In this passage, Jesus is instructing his 12 disciples on what to do and what they can expect. He certainly doesn't paint a very pretty picture for them! But He is completely honest and realistic, telling them about some of the troubles they will face as they preach in His name. Jesus doesn't sugarcoat anything; He is just honest and real. How could any of us doubt Him?
Question to Ponder: Does this passage frighten you, or does it give you added determination to spread God's Word?
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight--if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. - Colossians 1:21-23
Although the word isn't actually used here, this passage speaks to the idea of forgiveness. We were once alienated from God by our sin (and you still are if you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior), but when we come to Him, we are reconciled. Not only that, but our sins are washed away, and we appear blameless before Him. Along with that, God expects us to forgive ourselves. Have you done something in the past, perhaps before you became a Christian, for which you still have a hard time forgiving yourself? Jesus has forgiven you and made you new, and there is no reason to hang on to past guilt any longer!
Question to Ponder: Have your sins been forgiven by Jesus? Have you forgiven yourself for your past sins as well?
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor have this in common,
The Lord is the maker of them all.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches and honor and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
He who has a generous eye will be blessed,
For he gives of his bread to the poor.
The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit;
He who is abhorred by the Lord will fall there.
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
- Proverbs 22:1-6, 9, 14-15
Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.
My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
- Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8
The Name of God
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. " Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations. - Exodus 3:14-15
To me, this is one big thing that sets Christianity apart from other religions. God doesn't have some fancy name; yes, He is referred to by a number of different names in the Bible, but I believe that this is what could be called His ultimate name. If you stop and think about it, what could be a more perfect name for an eternal, almighty God? The name "I AM" is so simple, yet it has such a profound meaning. It implies that God has always been here, is here now, and will always be here in the future. He just exists-He always has, and He always will. He is God. In my opinion, no human being could have come up with such a name (if the Bible weren't inspired by God). These verses, along with everything in the Bible, must have come from God Himself!
Question to Ponder: What does the name "I AM" say to you about God?