Was a little bit disappointed today. Something that we had prayed a long time did not materialize according to timeline, though it was not unexpected.
Then I read this all too familiar chapter, the Lord provides.
Abraham was enjoying the blessing that God gave him and Sarah in the form of a child, Issac. One day, the Lord instructed him with the inexplicable:
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Abraham’s faith did not waver as he trod on this journey of trust in the Lord, no matter how absurd it seems. I am sure thoughts crossed his mind as he traveled to the mountain with his companions. Coupled with heart ache perhaps, even doubt, but his steps did not seem to waver till the last part of the journey, when he placed his son on the altar.
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
God marvelously intervened, we know the happy ending, God provided an animal as the sacrifice in place of Issac, and proceed to bless Abraham as the latter demonstrated unwavering faithfulness towards God.
I think my sharing of this chapter is more prayerful than just words. In so many ways, the familiar story resonates within my heart the same message of yearning for God’s miraculous intervention and provision. The fear of losing what we held dear so much is so real, mirrored by Abraham stepping out to the mountain to sacrifice his son. However, I now see that as we remain steadfast in our trust and faith in God, we will see Him and His manifestation. We may not understand God’s ways, timeline or sometime plans, but we can place our faith in His word, goodness and mercy.
Looking forward to see Jehovah Jireh manifesting His glory in our lives.