“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: 14)
How difficult is it to willingly and deliberately make a sacrifice? Does the degree of difficulty increase the more time you have to think about it or the longer that sacrifice has to be sustained? What happens when the sacrifice cuts off something beneficial you will receive if you don’t make the sacrifice?
These are some of the questions I was trying to answer as I was led back to the testing of Abraham in Genesis 22. How did Abraham approach this call upon his life? It seems first he acted immediately to obey the Lord. It seems as if he trusted God to work everything together for good despite the specifics of the call – a call to sacrifice the son he loved.
What did Abraham say about this sacrifice when questioned by Isaac? “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Genesis 22: 8) The writer of Hebrews says, “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son… Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” (Hebrews 11: 17, 19)
Abraham trusted God to be more than a monitor. Yes, God is a God who sees but who also when He sees, provides.
Sometimes we can fail to believe God will be more than a monitor so we reason ourselves out of making the sacrifice to which we are called. Our way is so much more sensible and so much more dulled to the miraculous provision given to those who live by faith.
Don’t expect others to fathom why you need to make the sacrifice. You have to do as Abraham did and leave them behind while you go forward and worship the Lord.
As the season of Lent begins tomorrow are there sacrifices you have delayed making? Has God called you to act but you are still holding back? If that’s the case, I want to pray for every barrier and wall to your obedience to be pulled down. I pray for the mind of Christ to hold your mind captive until the sacrifice is made… and you see God provide for you again!