When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

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. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17.1-8 (NIV)

THE CHOSEN FAMILY

Last week we learned that God wants everyone to have a relationship with him and to rule on his behalf. But unfortunately not that many people wanted what God has promised them.

So God called a man who would answer him and go before him and through that man, Abraham, he will bless all the nations in the world. Abraham and his family will be an example to the world what a life with God looks like.

But almost 30 years after God called Abram out of Chaldea, after many years of fame, riches, and victories, Abraham was still waiting for the fulfillment of the 3 major promises God has made to him.

“YOU WILL BE A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS…”

Abraham had tried for decades to have children. He even had a boy with a servant. But that’s not what God wants. God wants to give him a legitimate son from his wife Sarah. And from that one promised son, God will raise kings and kingdoms.

“THE WHOLE LAND I WILL GIVE AS AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION…”

Kingdoms must have territories. A designated area where they practice the Law of the land. Cities for people to live. Vineyards and farmlands to provide for the citizens. But at this time, those cities, vineyards, and farms still belong to other kings and kingdoms.

“WALK BEFORE ME AND BE BLAMELESS…”

Walking before God means being God representative. When we blamelessly represent God then the Almighty God will fulfill his promises in our lives.

Obviously like most people, Abraham was only interested at the first 2 promises and did not care for the 3rd one. But what we all need to understand is that the first two promises are given to support the 3rd one. “You will be my representative and the world will see how I will keep my impossible promises.”

GOD WANTS TO BLESS US

God wants us to be so blessed that we will represent him well to everyone around us. Blessing, or Barak in Hebrew, is such a big word that encompasses peace, prosperity, providence, protection, anointing, election, commission, and so much more.

The most simple explanation is this: God wants us to be successful in every aspect of life – especially as his followers.

Some people think that God just wants us to live like a monk and have nothing to do with the world. Others think that blessings and prosperity is limited to material things. Both are wrong. Blessings covers every aspect of our life.

When we are serious about walking before God and be blameless, serious about becoming a blessing to everyone around us, God will fulfill his promises in our lives.

SUCCESSFUL FOR A REASON

God wants to bless us. God wants us to be successful. But there’s a reason for that. He wants us to represent him to the people who don’t know him.