I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless.

Genesis 17: 1b


This is a point in the story of our ancestor Abraham when he has tried to figure out the answers to the troubling challenges of his life by going his own way; Abraham lacked the ability to just hang in there long enough to see how God would resolve things, and he listened to the first person who gave him an idea for resolution that seems like something that he could accomplish on his own. The actions required were understandable, for they didn’t require anything supernatural or outside of Abraham’s control. Yet, Abraham was totally wrong, and God was about to fill his world with the touch of that which for the Lord is totally natural.


As our days progress and our personal stories unfold, it seems that we are often in the same place; we believe that God is good to His word, and we trust His accomplishment of it; still, when the pressures start to mount, the time for resolution gets short, or our nerves become frayed and our patience runs thin, we start working on the solutions, and we become open to suggestions that are too often not ones that God would or could endorse. Then human nature takes hold, and we try to do it all on our own and keep everything that we are doing out of the sight of God.


For Abraham, the Lord made it very clear and understandable, and that is the same for all of us, too. He is who and what He is, for He is the Creator of all, the ruler of everything, and the power to accomplish anything is held in His hands. God also loves each of us absolutely, cares about our needs as the true Father that He is, and continually blesses us in all ways. God wants me to live my life in His presence with all of my thoughts, feelings, aspirations, and plans fully in His view. The Lord gives me His word, the people in my spiritual family, and His Spirit to comfort, counsel, and assist me along the journey.