January 3, 2014
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
As you can see from the date, I first read this verse about “walk” and then wrote my thoughts on January 3, 2014. Now, I am going back through what I wrote in order to post these “glimpses”of these Scriptures. It’s funny, but as I read it this morning, I had a new “glimpse.” Isn’t that the way with Scripture? You can read the individual verses at different times in your life, and they can bring up a whole new set of thoughts. Here were my first thoughts:
It seems this is the first time God asks of someone to walk faithfully – to be blameless. It’s a big order, but through this one man comes the promise that will one day be fulfilled in His Son, our own Lord Jesus Christ. How is He asking me to walk faithfully? What do I need to remove in my heart and life so that I can allow His Holy Spirit to fulfill the promise of Jesus coming to those who come after me. Forgive me for those things that both You and I know need to go, Father God. I thank You that You have made that possible through Jesus, my Savior, my Lord. I thank You that You have robed me in Your Righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10) And I thank You that Your Holy Spirit dwells within me to show me, teach me, encourage, inspire, strengthen and empower me. To Your name I give You all the glory! Amen and amen.
Okay, what did I see today, 2 ½ years later? Totally different. Is it because Jim turned 70 yesterday? What I saw today is that Abram was ninety-nine years old, and God was still speaking to him. Clear and simple. What He told him was not so simple – or at least within nature. The Lord told Abram that they were going to have a BABY (Genesis 17:16). Yikes! Try that one on for size!