“Canst thou by searching find out God?” Job 11:7a
Zophar posed the question to Job. Moses posed the question to the Angel of Lord in the burning bush when he asked, “and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
And God said … I AM THAT I AM.”
Almighty God opened the way for Moses, the children of Israel, and us to know him, the great I Am. The phrase, “That they may know I am…” dots many pages of the Old Testament, especially in Ezekiel. Then in the New Testament Jesus reveals I Am to Israel and to us.
I Am – Jehovah, needs nothing or no one to exist. He simply is, was, and always will be. He lives. In him is light and life. Out of himself he spoke light and life into a world to share with his greatest creation. We learn who he is by his works beginning with creation. The apostle John said it this way –
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- The same was in the beginning with God.
- All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not. …
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.”
John 1:1-5; John 8:12
Two worlds – one blanketed in darkness and one drenched in light. In the darkness truth is hidden. But light reveals truth.
“One dark and stormy night,” isn’t that how most horror stories begin? Well, it wasn’t stormy, but it was dark. Even as a teen I welcomed the night. I like my sleep. But tonight a strangled scream threatened my rest. I twisted my head on my pillow. Darkness. My mouth opened to scream but no sound came out. I slammed my hands to my side. My eyes opened wide. Darkness. As I turned my head to one side I felt the lightest touch of fingers slipping from my throat. Darkness. My chest heaved with adrenalin pumping through my veins. I heard nothing. Darkness filled my room. I made myself take slow breaths, trying to calm myself so I could see past the darkness. That’s when I saw it. An image disappearing in my mirror across from my bed. Darkness threatened to engulf me again. Breathe and pray. Breathe and pray. After a few slow ticking moments, I realized the only way to beat the darkness was with light. With deliberate movement I got up, walked past my mirror and to the light switch. Light bathed my room and filtered into my mind illuminating the truth. No one was in my room, nor the house. The light left no room for the darkness.
I Am has been revealed to us through Jesus Christ, as “the light of the world.” And this is the message John declared in his first letter concerning fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ –
“that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
He left no room for darkness in the lives of those who come to the light and follow him.
- “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness,
- we lie, and do not the truth:
- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
I John 1:6,7
With the coming of Jesus Christ, and the written revelation of the word of God, we can know and have fellowship (share in life) with our God who is the great I Am. His light dispelled the darkness – the lack of understanding and knowing him. As the word says,
“he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.”
The only hindrance to our knowing the great I Am is –
- “that light is come into the world,
- and men loved darkness rather than light,
- because their deeds were evil.
- For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
- neither cometh to the light,
- lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:19-20
The Light came into the world,
“that all men through him might believe.”
We do not need to fear the darkness as long as we walk in the light of the great I Am.