I Am That I Am
Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established. 2 Chronicles 20:20
The great I AM of Scripture promises us a firm foundation. When Moses stood at the burning bush and asked God who he should say sent him to deliver Israel, Jehovah's answer was, "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:14).
This name offers insights into the issue of trust. The first I AM is in a future tense, loosely translated as, "I am the One who will continue to be." The second I AM is in a past tense and is loosely translated, "1 always have been." In effect, the Lord was saying, "I will continue to be who I always have been."
God's unchangeable nature—His consistency—prompts trust within us. He has been there for us mightily in the past, and He can be trusted to be there for us in the future.
Trust can be seen as a strong foundation upon which to build an intimate and abundant relationship. Brick by brick, we can build the foundation with these aspects of trust:
- I trust you to want my best.
- I trust your words to be filled with truth and gentleness.
- I trust you to rejoice with me when I rejoice.
- I trust you to mourn with me when I mourn.
- I trust you to care when you've hurt me.
- I trust you to apologize when you've been wrong.
- I trust you to initiate caring expressions of love.
And on and on it can go—trust built upon trust.
God gave of Himself to establish with us a relationship of trust. Since He did that, does it not follow that He wants us to have the same kind of relationship with one another?
What can you begin doing today to build a foundation of trust in your marriage?
Father, thank You for Your unchangeable nature.