DON’T WORRY, GOD WILL PROVIDE
By Carolyn Dale Newell
And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Genesis 22:14 NKJV
God tested Abraham when He commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son (Gen. 22:1-2). Like most trials, this one did not make sense. God had never required a human sacrifice. It was in direct contrast to His nature. Why would God take Abraham’s son of old age, especially when He had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations?
God tests us so we can learn to trust Him. Abraham passed the test. Not once during the three day journey to the place of sacrifice did he question God. Abraham knew God as Jehovah Jireh, “The-Lord-Will-Provide”. Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac, even though he had never seen a resurrection (Heb. 11:17-19). Abraham even told his servants that they would both return from the mountain. When Isaac asked his father where the sacrificial lamb was, Abraham responded by assuring Isaac, and himself, that God would provide
At the very last moment, as Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, God stopped him. God did exactly what Abraham had told Isaac. He provided a ram for sacrifice.
Abraham passed the test. He was obedient, at all cost, even to the point of sacrificing his son. God blessed Abraham’s obedience by promising him descendants more numerous than the stars (Gen. 22:18).Obedience always precedes blessing.
Christians go through many tests. Like Abraham, we must be obedient at all cost. God is still Jehovah Jireh. He will provide! When the checking account falls short, Jehovah Jireh will provide. When you are forced to choose between paying bills and purchasing food, Jehovah Jireh will provide. When you face insurmountable medical costs, Jehovah Jireh will provide. He may not move the mountain, but Jehovah Jireh will provide, just as He provided for Abraham.
We have no need to worry. We have God’s promise: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
Our Father, we all worry. Help us to have faith like Abraham – a faith that trusts You completely. Thank You, Jehovah Jireh, for always providing exactly what we need. Amen.
Read the entire passage in Genesis 22: 1-19.
HIKING THE TRAIL
What things do you have trouble trusting God to provide for you? Pray for God to give you peace and ask Him to fuel your faith in Him.
Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.