Genesis 22:14 has become one of my favorite passages. It reads:
The Lord calls Abraham and tells him to offer his son, Issac as a burnt offering. As they were climbing the mountain, I’m sure that Abraham discussed the fact that they were going to the mountain to offer a burnt offering to the Lord. In verse 8, Issac says: “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (ESV). Abraham responds that the Lord will provide a lamb for the offering.
Take a look at the faith here that Abraham has. Even when his son asks where the lamb is, knowing that the Lord told him to offer his son as the sacrifice, Abraham tells his son that the Lord will provide a lamb. I think this shows two sides of Abraham. First off, he doesn’t want to believe that the Lord would have him offer his son and secondly, as a part of that first side, Abraham has the faith that God will provide a lamb so that he doesn’t have to give up his only son.
Abraham and Issac reach the top of the mountain, Abraham builds the altar and places Issac on the altar. Right before he kills his son, an angel of the Lord calls out to Abraham and brings a ram to Abraham’s attention. Realizing that the Lord saved his son,
How does this apply to me?
As many of you know, I was all lined up to head to school in Indiana, but the day before I was to leave, we received our second loan rejection letter. Much like I’m sure Abraham was feeling, I was confused by this turn in events. Although I wasn’t asked to give up my son, I was asked to give up what I thought I was good for me. I went from having the next four years of my life planned (and more, given I had a plan to pay off my student loans), to not knowing where I was heading for school.
Little did I know, but Jehovah-jireh and now I am happily enrolled at Columbus State Community College and will be enrolling in Ohio State in the fall of 2011.
So what about you?
Are you currently in a situation where you feel helpless?
Are you without a job?
Do you need God to provide?