Most of the greatest struggles I have faced have come later in life, and some of those struggles have been a direct result of having chosen to follow God’s path and not my desires, nor the appeal of cultural trends. But looking back I can honestly testify to the glory of our God, that He has always and faithfully provided for our every need.
Abraham learned this when God told him to sacrifice is heir and only son… the son of God’s promise through which he would become the father of nations, and by which all the world would be blessed. When Abraham acted in obedience to God’s Word, God intervened and provided a ‘substitute’ for the sacrifice, blessing Abraham with the son of the promise once again. The key to God’s blessing him is found in God’s response to Abraham’s obedience, “’Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’” (Genesis 22:12)
Releasing our grip on what we love the most in this life, into the hands of our Gracious God, is the act of faith He is looking for in order to release the blessings of Heaven into our lives. For as the writer of Hebrews testifies, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
It was here at Mount Moriah that Abraham came to know God as “Jehovah-Jireh” or “The Lord will provide”.
You can know Him in like manner; just answer one question, “What are you holding onto that you love more than our gracious and loving God?” Is it your family, reputation, career, dreams, will, yourself, a relationship, a vocation, riches, property…? There are many things we can idolize and even be addicted too; maybe God is calling to you today to let it go, placing it into His hands…? When you do, just like Abraham, your obedience will open up the gates to all of the promises of our faithful Heavenly Father.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future….And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
(Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 4:19)
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, grandfather, Pastor with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is the Associate Pastor of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church. He is the author of two devotional books, “From a Chair by the Window.” And “#PrayerWinsThe Day”.