Daily D – Genesis 17:1-2
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless. I will set up my covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.” GENESIS 17:1-2 (CSB)
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.
I love this quote. Another one is like it:
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Abraham was ninety-nine-years-old when God spoke these words to him. He became a father a year later. God changed his name from Abram (The Father is Exalted) to Abraham (Father of a Multitude).
How could this be for that old man and that old woman?
“I am God Almighty.” God introduces the name El Shaddai to Abraham. It means, in part, that God is all-sufficient. Our Father in heaven has no needs. He lacks nothing. There is nothing we can give him that doesn’t already belong to him.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not lack.
The instructions God Almighty gives to Abraham here are for Old Abe’s benefit. God tells Abe to “Live in my presence and be blameless.” The word translated “live” is literally “walk.” This is a journey, not an event. This is about day-to-day decisions and activities, not about one day a week set aside for God. These are life-giving habits. This is a lifestyle.
God Almighty tells an old man and his old lady that he would multiply them greatly. Abraham would become the father of many nations, people groups. Sarah (Princess) would join him in this blessing. “I will bless her, and she will produce nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
God Almighty turned an old man into Exalted Father. He turned an old woman into Princess. He used them to bless the whole world. And it all started at what they otherwise thought was The End.
Sometimes it seems the weaker, the more dependent we are, the more powerfully God can use us to bless others. You get the idea that it is all about him and not all about us. That’s a good idea.
What can our limitless God do in you and through you? How can he bless this world with someone like you? How can he bless you? Some changes may be necessary. You may need to live up to your name. You may need to give God more conscious attention all day every day. You may need to learn to love who he loves and join him in his work of building a better world.
God Almighty will supply all you need. There is nothing he will withhold as you live in step with him aligned and attuned to his will and ways.
Consider this: The best part of Abraham’s life was the part that began at age one hundred. What if the best part of your life was about to begin? What if this were your season of exponential multiplication? Nothing is impossible with God Almighty (18:14). Do you trust him?
I will walk with God Almighty and trust him to provide all I need for all he asks.
Our Father, God Almighty, we belong to you. Adjust our lives that we may live in step with you. Draw us ever closer to your heart. Lead us on this journey. Use us in whatever manner you see fit to bless your world. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.