THEME: GOD OUR PROVIDER
On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “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.” 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. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh). And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
-God has various attributes and He reveals Himself uniquely to each one of us. He is our Provider, Protector, Healer, Sustainer, Strength, Salvation and our only God. We are called to rely on His providence despite what we are going through. God tested Abraham’s faith when He ordered him to go to mount Moriah and sacrifice his only son. Given that Isaac was the son of promise who was born out of Sarah’s womb in old age, Abraham’s obedience reveals his strong faith in God. He neither questioned God nor gave excuses but went ahead believing that if God did it once, He will do it again. This is the attitude that we should have as Christians, that if God did it before, He is able to do it again. When Isaac asked his father about the lamb to be sacrificed, his response shows his firm faith in God. He said God Himself will provide the lamb of sacrifice. He knew that this entire test would result to a testimony of worship and told his servant that they were going up the mountain to worship the Lord. Abraham did not withhold the knife from his son, and when he was almost striking Isaac, the Lord provided a ram for sacrifice. Through his faith, the Lord was please for Abraham feared Him. Abraham called that place “The LORD Will Provide” for he believed that “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided”. From Hebrew 11:17-19, we see that through this test of Abraham’s faith, he believed that God could raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he received Isaac back from death. This is kind of faith that should carry us out of turbulent season such as COVID-19. Such trying times reveal the kind of Christians we are. We are called to have strong faith in God and rely on His providence. If we believe that God is able to give life and raise those who are dead, then we should not doubt that with God all things are possible and He is able to provide for all our needs.
Jehovah Jireh we thank You for You have been good to us Your children. You have provided for us before and we believe that You will provide for us again. Nothing is impossible with You Lord our God. Thank You for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. If it were not for You Lord, where would we be. You are full of mercy and love Jesus, thank You for loving us. You have promised that You will never leave us nor forsake us, we have seen Your mighty hand of grace in all things. All glory, honor, praise and adoration belongs to You Lord our God. You have redeemed us by Your blood Jesus, sanctify us and renew a steadfast spirit within us. For whatever reason we have not pleased You Jehovah including our faithlessness, forgive us merciful Father. Increase our faith in You Jesus and help us to fear You. You are preparing a table for us Your children Lord, supply for all our needs according to the riches of Your glory we humbly ask You. You are anointing our heads with Your provisions, we declare an overflow in our lives, families, marriages, churches and nation. Our cups overflow with Your goodness Lord, we thank You for Your divine provision. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in Your house forever. Your promises are Yes and Amen Lord, we believe in You. Amen
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