Now 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. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.” ...Then Abram fell of his face... Genesis 17:1-2
The Heartbeat of God: p. 356
Many years ago the Lord put three words in my mind and then my heart in order to help me understand my relationship with Him more deeply. These words are: majesty, mercy, and mission. The Lord was teaching me that the order of these words is paramount in my walk with Him. If both you and I can get a grasp of the incredible majesty of our Almighty God, then we have a better understanding of His underserving mercy, which then makes us cry out with a mission statement that begins with something like this, "Here I am Lord, send me!" (Isaiah 6:9).
In our header verse, Abram was (literally) floored by the presence of Almighty God. This humble old man was surrounded by God's radiant glory. Can you imagine? This holiness could have taken his life's-breath; but instead, God mercifully speaks a personal promise. He gives Abram, at the age of 99, a new name and a specific mission. What an encounter!
Let me remind you ladies, we worship the same God right now in our own individual quiet times. Be still. Be awed. Praise the Almighty God who chooses to be with you. Spend time in the midst of His glory and be "floored" like Abraham was. In His glorious presence, wait to hear His merciful voice whispering words that are speaking truth directly to you. What is He saying?
Now, rise up, my friend, and set out on your mission for His name's sake. The world is waiting.
For further reading: Genesis 18:14; Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:31; Isaiah 41:20
God, You are the Almighty One. You are self-sufficient, needing nothing from us al all; yet You mercifully come to us in our life-circumstances. Our ordinary place becomes a glorious one! You invade us with Your love and involve us with Your ways. Magnificent God, may we start our days floored by who You are so that every step we take is on humble and holy ground. Amen.