Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
"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.' " Genesis 17:1
Bible ReadingGENESIS 17:1-7
This is what Abram needed to hear: "I am God Almighty." The Bible does not say that Abram raised any questions, but it does tell us that he was ninety-nine years old. Human experience testifies that at such an age a man cannot expect much.
But living with God means one is drawn out of the sphere of human possibilities to God, with whom all things are possible. Therefore Abram must constantly ask himself: "Who is my God?" God said: "I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless." In other words: walk in such a way and live in such a manner that your life shows your faith in me as God Almighty.
Sometimes we would like to go to God with a long list of questions, for we are often unsure and perplexed. But God takes the list of questions out of our hands and says: "I am God Almighty." And God calls us to faith: "Walk before me faithfully and be blameless."
Abram must be called Abraham from now on. Even though the multitude was nowhere in sight, he is to be called "father of many nations." The promise is as good as the one who makes the promise. Therefore the name of this good and childless man will henceforth be a confession of faith in God Almighty. "Father of many nations"Abraham.
The two covenant partners are having a meeting. God is speaking. And Abraham lies in the dust. Faith is adoration of God Almighty.
We belong to the multitude of those who by faith and endurance inherit the promises. That's why we must resolve to trust God with our whole heart. Silence now the questions that keep rising to our lips. Close the mouth that always wants to talk. We must think of God in greater terms. Therefore we ourselves must be more humble. He is God. Almighty is his name.
Take a moment now to be silent and humble yourself before "Almighty God."
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published by Paideia Press in 1977. This updated edition is copyright 2009 by Faith Alive Christian Resources. You can order a copy of this revised version of the book directly from the publisher.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this updated edition of Daylight are from the Holy Bible: Today's New International Version copyright 2001, 2005 by the International Bible Society.
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