Journal Entry ~ 08/24/19
So Abraham called the name of that place, "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided." - Genesis 22:14
Imagine the trust it must have taken for Abraham to follow through with sacrificing Isaac. In the moment, it probably made no sense to him whatsoever - why would God have him sacrifice the fulfillment of His promise? God promised Abraham a nation from his offspring, yet God wanted him to sacrifice that very promise.
But even though nothing made sense in the moment, Abraham followed God's direction. He believed God's promises to be true so he believed that the Lord would somehow provide a solution. He knew that even though the situation seemed impossible at the time, God would either provide the lamb or God would raise Isaac from the dead - because Abraham knew God promised a nation through Isaac.
Even though Abraham couldn't see a solution at the time, he knew God promised and that was enough to fuel his faithfulness. This part is key. Even though he couldn’t see a solution at the time, he knew God was faithful to fulfill His promises. There are times when our situation seems impossible - either we can't see a solution, or we only see one way out and desperately plead for God to follow our lead. We need to hold on this truth in those most difficult moments - God will provide. We need to keep moving forward, knowing that even though what we see doesn't make sense, He will provide a way.
I'm thankful that I have enough of His story in my past that I can recall multiple times He has proven this to be true, and often in ways that I never even imagined. He is faithful to provide. He rarely does it following my plan or in my timing, but He always comes through with a plan - and His plan is always for my good.
I can’t imagine having the faith of Abraham - walking my son up the mountain to sacrifice him, trusting that God will provide is beyond my capacity to believe. But I want that deep of a faith and God knows that, so He continues to grow me. I have such beautiful examples of Him showing up in my life in the most difficult moments, and each time He does, my faith grows a little bit more like Abraham’s. I am so incredibly blessed that He continues to refine and grow me in ways I simply cannot grow myself.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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