Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Genesis 17-19.
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Genesis 17:1-2, ESV
When I was a teenager I had the privilege of seeing the Power Team in action. One night during youth camp these men, who had arms bigger than my whole body, came in and displayed the power of their muscles by ripping phone books in half. They then shared the good news of Jesus who has the ultimate power. In Genesis 17, when God says that He is “God Almighty” He uses the words, El Shadday to emphasize His power. God is, again, providing a reminder of His covenant and at the same time bringing His promise to fruition. God’s power is he only thing that could enable Sarai to bear Abram a son. Their age is proof enough of this.
In order to experience the power of God in his life, Abram, now called Abraham, must obey two closely related commands: (1) to walk with God in an ongoing and (2) to be blameless. These two commands provide us reminders that the covenant God promises Abraham is only for those who will walk before God. The importance of walking in obedience to God, out of love for Him, is illustrated with the command to be circumcised. This would be an outward sign of an inward commitment to the Lord. A transformed heart will always be seen in a transformed life. A major part of living the transformed life of following Jesus is to turn away from sin, which the people of Sodom and Gomorrah did not (including Lots wife). God will bless us as we live according to His ways. This is when we will truly experience the transforming power of God Almighty.
Is there a way in which you’re not living according to His ways? Are you seeking the blessing of God without living for God?