Genesis 17:3-4, 9: Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations ... As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations."
Who is God? In Genesis 17 ...
He is the great initiator who approaches and appears. (verse 1)
He declares "I am God Almighty," and invites us to walk before Him blameless and without blemish. (verse 2)
As we bow in worship, He speaks covenant promise over us. (verses 3-4)
He reveals His name even as He changes our name. (verse 5)
He initiates and establishes covenants that are everlasting. (verse 7)
He is the God who knows what I will choose to do. (verse 9)
When His promise is greeted by laughter, His heart is still to bless and to give. (verses 16-17)
As we tell Him why He can't keep His promise, He establishes what is everlasting. (verse 19)
He is the beginning and end of every conversation. (verse 22)
Oh Father, I long to be blameless before you and worthy of covenant trust. I tremble because my response to your invitation affects generations of those who come after me. You have made it so clear, "walk before me and be blameless." Oh Father, forgive me when instead I walk away. Where can I go from your Spirit? What choice can I make that is not already known by you? I am prone to wander, and known to laugh at your promise. No more wandering, no more laughter, only more of you.