At one point in His earthly ministry, Jesus was in a discussion with the Pharisees and they asked Him:
"Art Thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou Thyself?"
"Jesus answered, If I honour myself, My honour is nothing: it is My Father that honoureth Me; of whom ye say, that He is your God:
"Yet ye have not known Him; but I know Him: and if I should say, I know Him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know Him, and keep His saying.
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it, and was glad."
"Then said the Jews unto Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?"
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM," (John 8:53-58).
When you think of, or speak of God --what "tense" is your God. To the Pharisees, Abraham and the prophets were dead, they were in the past tense. They thought the Messiah had not yet come (they could not see He was standing right in front of Him) and they looked for Him in the future.
Our perception of the "tense" of God will determine how much we actually experience God's working in our lives in this very moment. . .in the now. If our God is a God of the past, or a God of the future, as with the Pharisees, we are not likely to perceive the miracles He is performing right before our very eyes in the today, in this minute.
The Lord Jesus told the Pharisees "before Abraham was, I AM." This was name that the Lord gave of Himself to Moses when he stood at the burning bush and wanted a name to give to the children of Israel. But it is more than that. It isn't just a statement of the Who, but of the What and the When.
He is the God of the Now and the All. The Lord Jesus isn't just what we needed in the past, although His death on Calvary was what purchased our salvation. He is not just what we need in the future, although He will be what sustains us throughout all eternity. He is what we need in for every minute. And He is the all in all.
What is the need of your life in this moment? Whatever the need, the Lord Jesus is the answer, the fulfillment, the satisfaction. Before anything else can scratch that itch, He must first do so. He alone can fill that longing in our heart for anything because He alone what satisfies the human heart. He is the I AM for every question of our lives.