23 May 2021

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.".

Gen 17:1(NKJV)

In reflecting on Gen 17:1 which is the supporting verse for the theme of the month, it useful to consider what has happened before God made this declaration and demand of Abram. Abram had taken a huge leap of faith and left everything behind to obey God’s call (Gen 12:4). He had possessed lands physically and spiritually according to God’s promise to him (Gen 13:17). He had consistently set up altars of worship to God as he journeyed through life (Gen 13:18). He had told a few ‘white lies’ at moments when he was fearful for his life (Gen 12:13). He had won battles and recovered losses with God’s backing (Gen 14:16). He had paid tithe (Gen 14:20). He had received clear prophetic word about what would happen to his lineage in the generations to come after him (Gen 15:13-14). He had been presumptuous in interpreting how God’s promise of a child would be manifested in His life and had a child with his wife’s maid (Gen 16:4). He had made a covenant sacrifice to God and seen it physically accepted with fire and smoke from heaven (Gen 15:17). Yet, after all these God said to him, walk before me and be perfect.

Like Abram, we may be able to look back and see exploits we have done in God, with God and for God in kingdom service. We may look back and see several mistakes we have made that may seem to have pushed fulfillment of personal promises by God to us further away from us. We may even right now be presumptuous and prescriptive to God about the things that lie ahead. However, God’s reminder to Abram that He is the Almighty is a reminder to everyone that both the desire and ability to do kingdom things come from Him. Phil 2: 13 reads “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure”. Rom 9:16 reads “So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy”.

Two words we can take away from reflecting on God as the Almighty are humility and hope. Humility in the place of submitting to God completely in every aspect of our lives despite our natural human instinct not to do so. Hope that no matter how devastating and desperate the situation around us may seem God is able to turn it around for His own purpose and bring us to an expected end for His own Glory.

Ministerial Team

Bible in a Year (Month of May)

 

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1: 1Chr 3-5

2: 1Chr 6

3: 1Chr 7-8

4: 1Chr 9-11

5: 1Chr 12-14

6: 1Chr 15-17

7: 1Chr 18-21

8: 1Chr 22-24

9: 1Chr 25-27

10: 1Chr 28-29, 2Chr1

11: 2Chr 2-5

12: 2Chr 6-8

13: 2Chr 9-12

14: 2Chr 13-14

15: 2Chr 18-20

16: 2Chr 21-24

17: 2Chr 25-27

18: 2Chr 28-31

19: 2Chr 32-34

20: 2Chr 35-36

21: Ezr 1-3

22: Ezr 4-7

23: Ezr 8-10

24: Neh 1-3

25: Neh 4-6

26: Neh 7

27: Neh 8-9

28: Neh 10-11

29: Neh 12-13

30: Est 1-5

31: Est 6-10

1/6: Job 1-4

2/6: Job 5-7

3/6: Job 8-10

4/6: Job11-13

5/6: Job 14-16

 

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