The Lord Will Provide

The LORD will provide

Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 22:15

“And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.’”

It was a terrible thing to ask – that Abraham sacrifice his only son as an act of faithfulness.

Of course, God never intended that he actually do it.

God has taken a lot of heat over the years on that score.

“How could a loving God ask such a terrible thing of a father?!”

But God knew what He was doing.

More than that, God knew who Abraham was.

And, so the story goes, Abraham’s great faith was not only confirmed and lives through the ages as an example for us – so do Abraham’s blessed offspring who now number “as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.”

Sometimes we feel that God is asking too much of us.

We wonder, perhaps, how God could love us and ask so much of us.

But I believe God calls us to give, in faith, as part of the great plan he has – not just for us – but all those who will cross our path.

So the next time you feel like God is asking too much…

Remember God understands.  In fact, God has already done it himself – for the entire world – when He sacrificed his son, his only son.

God would provide the sacrifice – that’s what Abraham was told.

And in that act, there was a hint of just how far God’s love for the world would one day go.

In response, how can we ever say God asks too much of us?

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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