We have been preaching on the fundamental questions, Who, What , When, Where and Why? This morning it will be ..When? It’s about identifying Who is God? We found Him in the Who, What, and this morning we want to find Him in the “When?” God identifies Himself as a being, “I AM.” “The When? question”, identifies God, …in a moment of time. A name is so important, ..it identifies the identity of a person. God identifies Himself here, as a place in time, ..”I AM.” Our goal of the answer to this question, will help lead us to opportunities in God. So many are asking fundamental questions about God, and sometimes they are the wrong ones. For example when we need to ask “When” is God, we can’t be asking .. Who is God, What” is God, Where is God? When we need to ask “Where” He is…we can’t be asking “Why” He is? So each of these moments when we ask the right questions, it will lead us to God for the different question’s answers re God. But each of these questions become fundamental. How do we have an understanding of God? And we have previously suggested to you, it’s about how our belief in God is formed of what we believe, the knowledge we have of God, a functional personal knowledge which leads us into the experience we have in God, and ultimately the hope we have in Him. These four ways are the ways we understand God. 1) Belief, 2) Knowledge, 3 ) Experience, and 4) Hope. Ask yourself what forms your beliefs in each of these 4 questions. It will help you understand ” “how” you know God.
TEXT: EXODUS 3:11-14
11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Moses and God here are having a conversation, or an encounter (in verse 12). They were on Mt Sinai, and God instructed Moses, “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain,” that this would be a token or sign: that when Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses was to lead them onto Mt Sinai. Moses then asked God when coming before the children of Israel, what should he say unto them? What is His name, when they ask Who sent me? Verse 14: God said “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Here God identifies Himself as a verb, …as a Being, ..“I AM.” All of this is important when we ask the question, “When” is God? The “When” questions identifies God, not just in a place, or testimony, but through a moment… in time. Have you heard the question, “I got there just in time?” Or I missed that opportunity? ..all those questions that address time. Think about the things of life that have to do with the passage of time. This morning we are identifying the passage of time, regarding “When is God?” When we answer this question the way God answers it, we have an opportunity to find Him in that moment. When we fail to do that, we miss the opportunity to find Him in that moment. This morning we are asking for one not to answer the identity of God so much of as a name, but God defining Himself as a place in time. It might seem odd for God to do, because God is eternal and not constrained by time, but here He uses a very human expression, “I AM.” That’s how He identifies Himself, and so we need to keep that in mind. The goal this morning is that the answer to this question will lead us to a moment of opportunity with God.
The critical way we address opportunities, and the importance of moments. Moments that happened yesterday, moments that are happening right now, moments that are going to happen this afternoon if this afternoon ever gets here. In verse 12, “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When (He’s using time here..) When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt,…” Verse 13: “Behold, when” I come”… There’s moments in time when God can be found. God’s answer to the “when” question is ..”I AM!” There’s three things we are going to pull out of this “When” question this morning. “When” God is, there is a 1) quietness in our spirit. . The second thing is “When” God is, there is 2) holiness there in His presence . And third is “When” God is, we now have the opportunity for 3) access, to the everything that we need. Is God right now there for you? An ever present help in trouble? “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble“. Psalms 46:1
When Is God?