Unlimited: The Lord Has Provided
Jan 21, 2022 580
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 (Genesis 22:7–8, NIV).
The lesson that Abraham learned when God called him to sacrifice his son was that God will provide. For a sacrifice, three things were required: wood, a fire, and a lamb. All of these things were usually carried with them. Most importantly, there could not be a sacrifice without a lamb.
On his journey with his father Abraham, Isaac wondered where the lamb was. After God had indeed provided a lamb for the sacrifice, the faithfulness of God so impressed Abraham, that he called the place, Jehovah-jireh, which means, “The Lord Will Provide” (v.14).
The victorious cry of the New Testament is “The Lord Has Provided!”
Abraham’s journey to the place where God called him to sacrifice his son is a metaphor of the history of the God’s faithful men and women since the fall. The journey started in sadness and confusion, but it continued in faith, that God would provide a way out – a sacrifice.
The great theme of the Old Testament is the promise that “The Lord Will Provide,” and the victorious cry of the New Testament is “The Lord Has Provided!” Romans 8:32).
You and I are living not in the time of shadowy, unrealised hopes, but in the time of its glorious fulfilment because of the cross and resurrection of Christ. Truly, the Lord has provided! We have not been left alone in confusion and helplessness (Psalm 23). – Eliezer Gonzalez
Reflection: Your self-talk is both a reflection of your understanding of reality, and it will also define how you see it. Think about your own self-talk. What doable strategy can you put in place to make your self-talk more faith-filled?