In the Old Testament we read the story Abraham offering his son Isaac. God told Abraham, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2). So Abraham went, and he took Isaac with him. When they got to Mount Moriah where Abraham would make the offering, Isaac asked about the sacrifice. In Genesis 22:8, we read: “Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’ So they went both of them together.” After God stayed Abraham’s hand, and provided a ram for sacrifice the Bible says, “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.’”
We all have tests and trials to go through in this life. There are times of uncertainty, trepidation, worry, and fear. As we live by faith, God promises to be with us as He was with Abraham. We deny self, empty our lives to God, and become that living sacrifice that He wants us to be.
Before Abraham could offer up his son to God, Abraham had to offer up himself trusting that God would take care of him and his family. His proclamation to Isaac, “God will provide,” gives us hope that when troubles arise in our life God will be there for us and provide what we are needing for the moment. It is hard to relinquish control to God, but in doing so, God will conform of us to image of His dear Son, who gave up everything to teach us who God created us to be. God bless you and I love you. BY KEVIN CAULEY
“GOD LOVES YOU AND I LOVE YOU AND THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GONNA BE!” – MIKE