Genesis 22:7-8 “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”
The interesting thing about seeing God supply is that you have to be in want for it to happen. Whether it be food or finances, power or provision; God said He will – if we but believe.
Isaac was no different. He saw that his father was on his way to sacrifice. Usually, he had a lamb or a ram – but today was different. Not only was Abraham’s faith being tested, so was Isaac’s. Think of it…
Isaac was no more than 21 years old. Abraham was five times that. There was a willing submission on Abraham’s part to sacrifice his only son; given to him in his old age. He believed that if God could give him a son when he was 100 years old, He could do it again – if that was what He chose. Abraham showed his utter obedience to his God.
But so did Isaac. Isaac knew what the sacrifice was all about. He had watched his father many times. Something; and in this case, someone had to die. Blood would be shed and his life was going to be taken. He could have rebelled and fought the ropes that bound him. Instead, he quietly and willingly submitted not only trusting his father’s faith, but, his own in the God his father had taught him to worship.
I am reminded of this in:
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Isaac presented his body to be done with as his father desired; which meant certain death. Often, to see God provide, we must be devoid of desiring any outcome of our own. To submit utterly and totally to another’s will is scary to say the least. We lose control of our own destiny. We give over the decision making power to another.
God is not a tyrant that oppresses. He is not one to withhold and keep us in poverty. He promised to supply all our needs.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Trusting His promise and seeing it come to pass in our life means that I must be in a place where God is the only one who can meet that need.
Psalms 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
The key element in all this is faith.
Matthew 21:21-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Abraham believed. So did Isaac. One of God’s names is Jehovah-jireh meaning; The Lord will provide.
We, His children, must go on today believing that He will provide in our time of need. As a parent, I have to teach my children to trust and obey by submitting myself to the same. Abraham went forward with what God commanded and Isaac believed that his father was doing the will of God.
Take steps to trust Him more today. Prove to a lost and dying world that God does answer prayer; that He does provide. The Bible tells us:
Psalms 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;“