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?

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