~by Louis Templeman
September 14, 2014: Who Is He? What Does He Want?
When Abraham was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty, walk in my presence and be blameless,” (Genesis 17:1).
Quite apart from his role as creator God is the present everlasting authority who has the right to receive obedience, service and love from mankind. In the story of Abraham we do not find Abraham initiating the contact with God. It is God in love and pity, looking for people to be true to him and to love him. God’s personal introduction to Abraham was both startling and direct.
He told Abraham who he was. God Almighty. People still use this as one of God’s names. God is actually too grand for one name. The name God itself is an indicator of the one who is supreme, the original, the creator, life and light. In fact, our creed speaks of “very God” in an eloquent attempt to help us comprehend what can never really be comprehended. Our God alone is God Almighty.
He required two things of Abraham. He wanted from Abraham the same thing he wanted from Adam and Eve. First, he said, “Walk in my presence.” That means God wants Abraham’s company. God desires company. Second, he said, “and be blameless.” This refers to holiness or piety, or to be good company for the LORD as he makes his rounds.
Holiness requires the presence of God Almighty. By God’s grace we can be holy. By God’s help it is possible. By holiness we have God’s gifts alive in our everyday life. By holiness we find faith and power and victory over fear. Holiness makes us expectant believers. It makes us willing joyous recipients of God’s power. Those who practice piety will never lack God’s power. Those who practice piety will have trouble like everyone else but ultimately will never fall to the onslaught of doubt or fear. Holiness is not a dreary adherence to rules. It is the beauty and attractive nature of a life spent in God’s presence.
Jesus said in John 15: 16, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
As God Almighty chose Abraham to fellowship with him and walk in piety so Jesus chose us that we would be fruitful – bountiful, productive, fulfilled – and have power and favor with God.
God Almighty wants you. He loves you. Walk with Him.
Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D.
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