Abram was ninety-nine years old when, “…the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said unto him, ‘I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect. And I will make My covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.'” (Gen. 17:1-2) We are apt to think that age is a very limiting factor with respect to the blessing of God. In the case of Abram, the contrary was true. Why? Because the issue is NOT that of age, but of FAITH in the faithfulness of God according to the revelation, promises, and purposes of God. Let’s look at this meeting with God and Abram.
First, we notice that God chose the moment of the revelation. Does He not do this in our lives? He works in us the willing and the doing of His good pleasure, to bring us to the point of faith and obedience where He can bless us in a specific way. With regard to Abram, God brings him to the point of impossibility, from a human standpoint. How could a man as old as he was, be fruitful, and that, exceedingly? The timing was impeccable. Abram had NO other recourse than to believe God…and he knew it.
Secondly, God declares to Abram: “I am the Almighty God.” (v.1) These simple, yet specific words, are essential to believe God for the impossible. In Romans 4:20, we find it is written of Abraham: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. And being FULLY persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.” (v.21) Why was Abraham able to believe God to do the impossible? Because of the revelation of God to him as “THE ALMIGHTY GOD.”
Thirdly, this specific vision of God was essential if Abram was to believe God to enable him to obey the words of God: “Walk before Me, and be thou perfect.” (v.1) We need to see, and grasp, that this faith of Abram, was Abram’s faith. What do we mean? Abram’s faith was HIS OWN faith. He owned it. It was his personal, and individual faith in the faithfulness of God. This is also the pattern for us, for our faith must be personal, individual, and specific with respect to believing the promises of God, and also, with regard to obeying His commands.
Lastly, we note that God will make a covenant with Abram, change his name from Abram to Abraham (…father of many nations). He will reiterate the extent and effects of the promises: “….I will make thee EXCEEDING fruitful.” (17:6-7) This covenant with Abraham, which had its origin in God, and “out working” in the life of Abraham, will begin with Abraham, and continue throughout the generations to come. For He “…will be their God.” (v.8) What is the application of these truths to our lives?
We know that have been called into fellowship with Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 1:9) We have been called to bear much fruit, fruit that shall remain. (Jn. 15) We are called to believe God for the “much more,” even the “exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think.” In order to do this, we too must worship God, and see Him as the ALMIGHTY, for whom nothing is impossible. We too must have an individual, specific faith in the Almighty God, and thus, be committed to walk before Him with all of our hearts. And lastly, we must be those who refuse to look at the impossibility, but rather, glory and rejoice in the power, authority, and faithfulness of God, who only does wonderful things in answer to faith. Then, He will, in His way for His glory, make us “exceeding fruitful.” We shall bear MUCH FRUIT.
Dear Father, open our eyes to see, and to grasp, that You are the Almighty God. Give us to understand our singular, and specific commitment to walk uniquely before You with all of our hearts…and give us grace to DO it. Then we shall be strengthened to trust You for the wonderful thing, even the impossible thing, and this, for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.