Most of us have been through a tough situation and needed God to show up. And that’s how Abraham must have felt when God told him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Remember Isaac? Isaac was the son God promised to Abraham when Abraham was 100 years old.
And God was faithful and gave baby Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. But then, a few years later, He told Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son. Talk about a tough situation. Think how Abraham’s stomach churned when he and Isaac were climbing the mountain to make the sacrifice, and Isaac said, “Father?”
Abraham answered, “Yes, my son?”
Isaac said, “We have the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?
Can you imagine the thoughts running through Abraham’s head as he went forward in obedience? But he said to Isaac, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.”
Abraham knew that God had instructed him to sacrifice Isaac, but time and time again, he had also seen God provide when he thought there was no way. After all, who has a son at the age of 100 unless God has provided?
As Abraham lifted his knife to sacrifice his son, an angel stopped him and a substitute for the offering, a ram, appeared in the thicket. At that moment, Abraham really believed what he said he believed – that God would provide a substitute for his son. He named the place of that sacrifice “The Lord Will Provide.”
Why did God put Abraham and Isaac through that near-death experience? Was God watching to see if Abraham would trip and fall and in the end, be disobedient? No. God used that experience to deepen Abraham’s capacity to obey in order to develop His character.
Like Abraham, God meets us where we are to show us who He is. Time and time again, experiences are shown in the Bible to reveal God’s character to develop ours, so that He can use us for Kingdom purposes.
God provides for you in just the way you need. Do you need peace? Ask Him. Do you need a shelter in the storm? Ask Him. Do you need a spring of living water to rush through your heart? Ask Him. He is faithful, and He is your Provider.
“Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means ‘the Lord will provide’). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’“ Genesis 22:14
Today, ask God to provide for you in a miraculous way.