What does it Mean When God says, “I AM?”

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And he said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.'” – Exodus 3:14

Hello Everyone! 

I’m grateful to Lauren for giving me this opportunity to include a piece in her identity series!

I want to take us back to the basics of identity. In other words, in order to find our identity, we have to know who God is. 

And that’s quite a loaded statement. However, I want to look in particular a part in Scripture that stands out to me because of God’s powerful and confident words. 

It’s a story, I think, we are familiar with. 


Taking Exodus 3 into context, Moses comes across a burning bush, but the bush is still intact despite the fire. He questions how could this be, but, suddenly, God speaks to him from the bush. Moses is astounded that God, the God of his forefathers, is speaking to him from this fiery bush!

Once God has Moses’s attention, He tells Moses this: Go to Pharaoh and have him set the captive Israelites free. 

When Moses asks God what he should say if people question who sent Moses, God tells him, “I AM WHO I AM.”


Such a powerful statement. 

Think about it: Who else in the universe has any right to say those powerful words? Who else can say they are everything, that they began everything, that they are the Alpha and Omega?

No one. Except God.

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The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer is one of my favorite books! In it, Tozer helps us see who God is by going over His characteristics. 

What Does that Mean?

When I read that verse, I get 3 things from it:

  • God is everlasting (Job 36:26)
  • God is the beginning and the end (Revelations 22:13)
  • God does not change (Psalms 102:27)

The last bullet point in particular I want to emphasize. God does not change; He is constant. He is the same in the Old Testament, the same in the New Testament, and the same today for you and me. God is still I AM. 

Since God does not change, we can have confidence to place our identity in Him through the redeeming power of Jesus Christ.

Through what Jesus Christ did on the cross, we are Redeemed, Loved, Cherished, and Free. 

And when we place our identity in the Great I AM, we are placing our identity in the everlasting, never-ending God! 

“For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:26 

There’s a song that I used to listen to when I was a child, and it is still one of my favorite worship songs. “The Great I Am,” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean is a powerful song that talks about God’s glory and almighty power. Check it out down below! 

Thanks guys for letting me contribute about identity! I pray this blesses you and grows your confidence. 




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