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"The Great I AM"


John 6:16-21 is today’s devotional passage. "When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

Unexpected storms can come from nowhere and dominate our lives. They overtake us and it sometimes seems they will never end. Just as we have no authority over the storms of nature, we have no authority over the storms of life. Jesus comes to us in the midst of our storms. He says to us what He said to the disciples: “It is I; don’t be afraid” [v. 20]. The literal translation of what Jesus said is “I AM; don’t be afraid.” "I AM" is God’s name.

Jesus introduced Himself as "I AM" throughout the Gospel of John...

  • “I am the bread of life.” [John 6:48]

  • “I am the Light of the world.” [John 8:12]

  • “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” [John 10:9]

  • “I am the good shepherd.” [John 10:11]

  • “I am God’s Son.” [John 10:36]

  • “I am the resurrection and the life.” [John 11:25]

  • “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” [John 14:6]

  • “I am the true vine.” [John 15:1]

The Christ in your storm is the present-tense Christ. He never says, “I was.” From the center of your storm, the unwavering Jesus shouts, “I AM.” "I AM" means "The self-existent One". This is the title of steadiness and power. His name is the foundation of our confidence in His ongoing faithfulness. When we wonder if He is able, He declares, “I AM.” When we see nothing but darkness, feel nothing but doubt, and wonder if God is near or aware, Jesus reassures us, saying: “I AM!”

"I AM" is in the center of your storm. Nothing in all creation takes Him off guard and backs Him into a corner. He cannot faint or grow weary. He is an unending source of strength in every storm. Join the psalmist declaring, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You” [Psalm 56:3].

Much love and care,

Pastor Pat

Greece Assembly of God

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