I have been reading and studying through the book of Genesis recently and something I read today has been something that made me reflect. Reading in Genesis 22:14 we are introduced to the Lord Will Provide or also known as Jehovah-Jireh.
Genesis 22 is a story of God providing in a profound way. We see God tell Abraham to take his son Isaac to sacrifice his son who had been promised by God. Isaac was a miraculous gift from God to Abraham and Sarah when they were old. God promised to make a great nation out of him. Abraham obeyed. He took his son to where God commanded him and laid him on the altar ready to slaughter his son while believing that God would provide a miracle.
As they went up the mountain Isaac asked Abraham, “Where is the lamb?”
Abraham replied, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”
After the trial had passed and Abraham looked back on it, he didn’t name the place in reflection of his obedience or his trial; he looked at how God will provide. Our primary purpose in everything we do should be to do the will of our Father. Even when doing so is difficult and might not make sense to us or those around us. We understand intellectually that God provides but, sometimes the busyness of life, the stress we face, and the pressures of life we forget the simple profound truth that God provides. God knew long before we got to this busy season of our own lives with packing, planning, preparing, and moving exactly what we would need. Provision literally means (pro) before and (vision) to see. God knew before this week what we would need and the energy we would need to prepare and move. God will always provide what we need. It might not be exactly what we want, but God always provides what we need. As our physical tiredness may grow weary this week, I know that God will provide what we need to accomplish His will. If we lose focus on God, we must turn our focus back to Him. If we grow weary in our walk with God, we MUST EMBRACE Him! Ephesians 3:20 sums it up perfectly. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that I ask or think, according to the power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20