We see that God appears to Abram and says, “I am God Almighty, El Shaddai”, as He affirms His covenant with him. What does that mean? God Almighty? What is the depth and breadth of this might? We also see that God Himself later asks him, “Is anything too hard for the Lord”? We know that nothing is too hard for God!
What would you do if God Almighty, Creator of all that ever was, is, or will be, appeared before you? Would you do as Abram did and fall on your face?
“Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for (I have made) you a father of many nations. “I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.” Genesis 17:4-6
There are many things we can learn from just this bit of scripture. The nugget I appreciated today is in God’s words “I have made” and “I will”. When God says “ I will” then it is already done.
Let that sink in. When we realize this, it grows our faith in what has already been accomplished by Jesus on the cross.
Matthew 1:21 tells us the Jesus will save His people from their sins. And we know, it has already been done-it is finished!
The good news is that when the Holy Spirit draws us to the Lord and sets us apart for God, we can have that same assurance that God gave Abraham. He gave him a new name and a symbol of His everlasting covenant.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” Revelation 2:17
We also will be given a new name from God Himself. How intimate and personal is that? For us, we must have faith and peace in the waiting. It’s like a future appointment, a promise that God will fulfill because it also has already been done. It is finished! Praise the Lord!
Father, thank you for your truth, the Holy Bible. Thank you for giving us the hunger to spend time with your living word and learning about your love and compassion, and how to walk with you while experiencing your joy in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen