Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be you perfect.
When God introduced himself to Abram as Almighty God and promised him perfection, I think that in Abram's heart a mixture of feelings was lit up joy, rejoicing, security and at the same time fear and apprehension.
Whether or not Abram had these feelings, the Bible does not report, but I believe that if he did, it would have been a natural human reaction, for hearing from God that He is the Almighty, that is, that nothing would be impossible to Him and that He has authority and power over all things, is very strong.
When God told Abram that he should walk in his presence and seek to be a righteous man, in fact God was conditioning his blessings to him, to his posture of obedience and sanctification.
In the Bible, God also made clear some other characteristics of his, which demonstrate that equal to Him there is no other, and that He is sovereign over all things and that his righteousness is perfect.
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
So I began to think:
How not to love and worship a God like this, that regardless of his immeasurable power, He loves us so much, to the point of giving to death his only son so that we could be restored and we could have an abundant life at his side.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
How not to love and worship a God like this, who calls us at all times, as He called Abram, for a life of power and total obedience to Him.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
How not to love and worship a God like this, who is willing to forgive us, when we make mistakes and treat us from our repentance, as we had never sinned.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
How not to love and worship a God like this, who has so many wonderful promises and intentions for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
How not to love and worship a God like this, who wants to bless you today and transform your life.
Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
Walk in the presence of God and sanctify yourself, so that the power of God Almighty, who works miracles, will be manifested in your life.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
Pastor Val Martins