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But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
– Genesis 22:11-14
God provides. More often in the day-to-day orderly workings of the universe. Evening and Morning. Seasons. Plants and animals grow. Seedtime and harvest. Life. Add people who provide the for orderly function of society.
Sometimes in the nick of time. Sometimes in amazing and miraculous ways.
Three 100-dollar bills wrapped in a ½ sheet of paper with a message, “The Lord cares about everything.” Just in the nick of time. When we were at a crisis point, and ready to take a major turn in our future plans.
A NEGATIVE test result when we were worried about dealing with a grave genetic disease.
A friend who opened a door to faith, photography, and future just when I needed direction most of all.
An opportunity to serve a congregation with great potential, many challenges, wonderful people, and opportunities I thought I’d never get. At a time when I could make one final run career-wise.
Opportunities to serve congregations in the larger Houston area which allows me to impact the Kingdom on a rewarding part time basis. Just when I wondered how I would continue to serve following retirement from full-time pastoral ministry.
Abraham experienced a miraculous and merciful provision of God. But this wasn’t his first. He was a man of great wealth. He had a wife, other family members, many slaves, and animals: All provisions of God. He had, by this time, also two sons. He had been preserved from the destruction visited upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He had much from God.
It may be that because he realized that God’s blessings and favor had been so bountifully and graciously given, he thought nothing of sacrificing Isaac because God had been so faithful and gracious. We know he believed that God could raise him from the dead (Cf. Hebrews 11:19). As it turns out, however, there is no need for a resurrection miracle here. God provides an out for Isaac and Abraham.
Few times in life are we tested to the extent God tested Abraham. If we are, we who wait, hope, and trust in God will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. Perhaps we can find strength to wait and hope in him as we recall his daily provision, along with those special touches of his grace along life’s way.