In my Facebook and blog posts, I’ve shared many of the lessons God has taught Holli and me over the last nineteen months. Another lesson God has taught us is provision or … faith.
During this time, there have been many times when our money was tight. God has reminded me of the difference between “needs” and “wants.” There are lots of things I want. But, God has promised to provide for our needs. And He has.
There is a story in the Bible God has impressed on my heart during this time. It’s the story of Abraham and Isaac. You recall that God gave Abraham and Sarai a son late in life. And, as you can imagine, Abraham loved Isaac. One day God told Abraham to go to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. So, Abraham and Isaac set out for Mount Moriah.
Arriving there, Abraham begins preparing an altar. Then, he places Issac on the altar. Abraham takes the knife in his hand. He raises his arms preparing to kill Isaac. As Abraham’s arms are raised above his head, just before he brings his arms down he hears the voice of God; “Abraham! Abraham! Now I know that you love Me more than anything… ”
Abraham was then told to look in the thicket. There, he saw a ram God had provided for the sacrifice. The Bible says that Abraham named that place “Jehovah-Jireh,” meaning “the Lord will provide.”
Many times in the past 18 months, God has reminded me of that story. It’s lesson that God will provide a lamb.
Remember, I didn’t say “wants.” God promised to provide for our needs.
In Hebrews 11, the writer reminds us of Abraham’s act of faith. He says, “It was by faith that Abraham offered Issac as a sacrifice when God was testing him.” Today, if you are concerned about provision let the story of Abraham and Isaac remind you that God will take care of our needs.
God will provide a ram.