When you see a man of almost 100 years – a grandpa, would you ever think that this man is a dangerous criminal? It’s shocking to see somebody so fragile committing such heinous crimes. White hair and walking sticks can be so deceptive! I’ve visited such people in prison who are indeed serving time for their crimes.
You see, sin has no age, you can be 18, 35, 50 or even 80 years old, and still get caught up in a life that displeases God. Knowing that we have our mistakes and that we are prone to sin, in His Word, God provides a solution. Let’s take a look:
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.”(Genesis 17:1)
Abram was no ‘spring chicken’ when God appeared to him. The Lord appeared to Abram when he was 99 years old and He knew that Abram was coming from a pagan background. Nevertheless, He still called him. God told Abram to, “Walk in my presence and be blameless.” He didn’t say, “Be blameless in order to walk in my presence.”
Abram wasn’t perfect, but perfection is not what God was looking for, and it’s not what He is looking for today either!
What He wants, is for us to walk with Him and as a result, we will become blameless.
Many people want to change their behavior but can’t seem to do so, they keep on falling back into their own ways; that’s because they are not walking with God. When you walk with God, He in turn gives you the strength and ability to be blameless – to change your ways and to start anew.
Perhaps you only remember to speak to Jesus when you are in trouble or on Sunday mornings in the church. God wants commitment. In the past, He used to dwell inside the Ark of the Covenant and today He wants you to be this Ark – to be His dwelling place.
Invite the Holy Spirit to live inside of you. Invite God to guide your steps and you will see how He will lead you on the right path, making the right decisions and having the right (godly) character.
May the God of the Bible bless you
Bishop Joshua Fonseca