Will the Lord Provide?
Father God, You are more to me than all Your gifts combined. Your name be adored, here and everywhere.
Read Genesis 22:1-19
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“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9).
Having just given Abraham an extraordinary promise of numberless offspring (Gen. 15:1-6), God confounds all of his expectations by asking him to sacrifice his son. More than trusting the promise, this is now a question of the God behind the promise. Israel, too, had been called upon to trust in this very way when God declared that Christ, not Torah, was the goal of his merciful election, but they could not.
Each of us at some point, past or future, will find ourselves in a place where God’s actions appear to undermine his promises. How can I give up my Isaac (or Torah-righteousness), my solitary link between my present meager reality and hoped-for glorious future? But even if, as Paul celebrated, God’s ways are past finding out, his character is not. Whatever else, our God is a God of unimaginable mercy to all who call upon his name. Abraham obeyed. God provided. True, Abraham did not live to see his descendants fill the land, even less those who now stand in his faith across the globe, but the same God, who needs only a few small loaves and a couple of fish to feed a multitude, can save by many or by few. One Isaac was all it took. Abraham’s part was to trust.
Many of us might find the same manner of fulfillment of our promises. We might not see much in our lifetimes, but we now know what Abraham had to take on trust: that God uses the humblest of origins, including a shameful death on a cross, to amaze us all with his profound wisdom. Our small beginnings might not seem so grand, but it is amazing how a grain of faith can produce an abundant harvest of righteousness.
Think back over your life. Are there times when, to your amazement, God’s wisdom and will worked out for the best? Praise him for his watchful care over you.
Lord, I readily lapse into thinking that everything rests on my ability to understand and to do. Help me to trust that the willing and the doing are Yours (Phil. 2:13).
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