Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.[a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God is. The simplicity of the statement belies the awesome depth of the truth that God is period end of sentence; no qualifiers or adjectives, no additions or explanations needed.
God declares, “I am.” And that truth resonates through all time and space. We, humans, are uncomfortable with the vastness of such a declaration. The enormity of God’s reality sits in our minds like a fidgeting child; we simply cannot accept the open-endedness of infinity.
God is the essence of all creation. It was His word that flung all matter to inhabit the vastness of the universe. It was His breath that stirred life in a mound of mud. Outside of Him nothing exists. He is existence. He is. God is.
In our finite wisdom, we want to define God. We want to complete the sentence. God is … Love. God is … Peace. God is … Forgiveness. God is … Judge. God is … But God replies “I am.”
Our attempts to define God, even if we have the best of intentions, only serve to confine Him into a manageable package for our comfort. We apply our limitations, biases, and agendas to God, in an attempt to relate, understand, or manipulate. With each attempt to define, we move further away from the reality of God. We focus on some fragment and proclaim it to be the whole.
When our souls come to peace with God’s definition of Himself, when we can embrace His pronouncement “I am,” then we will find Truth, contentment, and life.