Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Lord Will Provide

Where there is a Ram there is a way......

Genesis 22:13-14, " And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  So Abraham called this place, The Lord will provide.  And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."

  In this day and age with all the uncertainty that surrounds us from our job security, to our homes, gas prices, and bank accounts, it must be settled in our soul that God will provide a ram for us in the thicket.  You know as I re-read this amazing story of obedience and faith my senses were awakened.  When God asked Abraham to sacrifice as a burnt offering his only son whom he loved, the one Sarah and him had waited for Abraham did not answer with words but with action...Abraham did not say a word, not a peep, he just went.  How often do I hear through my travels or right here where I reside people saying, God told me to do.......but I told God.......How different would your life look if God told you to do something and without a word you headed in that direction???  You know Abraham had to walk 50 miles to get to the mountain God placed before him.  Abraham had to bring the wood, the fire , the knife, and his son( the sacrifice)... Abraham could have brought his son but not the wood or the fire but not the knife, or  the wood, knife, and fire, but not Isaac but Abraham did not miss a beat he obeyed every detail, and left no room for excuses.  Obedience to God moved Abraham up the mountain with each step he took he was counting the sacrifice.  Once Abraham was there, he was ready to follow through with God's request....But here it is folks, found in Genesis 22:11-13 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham! " And he said "Here I am"  He said, "do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know you fear God, seeing that you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and behold, behind him was a ram. Sometimes what we need the most is behind is the very thing that you thought would destroy you that made it possible for you to scale the mountain which lay before you....Choices are for the living....

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