Posted by: springsinthedesert | September 10, 2010

Do You Know This God Who Provides?

So Abraham called that place The-LORD-Will-Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

              Genesis 22:14

Abraham could call that mountain “The Lord Will Provide” because he passed the test. Abraham and Sarah did not have children for many years. God promised them a son when Abraham was 75 years old and after waiting almost 25 years, they received God ‘s promise, a son to call His own. You can imagine how precious that child would be. Waiting for a child is the hardest things to do and after receiving one in the old age, Abraham just wanted to enjoy every moment with his only son, Isaac.

But we see one day, God calling him and asking him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah.If you read the following verse, you will understand how specific God was. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about” ( Genesis 22:2). Notice the words “Take your son”, “Your only son”, “whom you love”…God said those specific words, may be not to give Abraham any other alternatives. If God did not specify the name of Isaac, then Abraham would have taken Ishmael for the sacrifice, because he loved Isaac more. Or is it to make us understand what a difficult decision it would have been to sacrifice the only promised son he had been waiting for years?

What would be our reaction if God asked something like that? We might have asked God “If it was for this day, then why did you give me a son..It would have been better if you did not give me one”..We might have argued with God, questioned His love, asked God for different alternatives, or even disobeyed Him. But we see here that Abraham obeyed God immediately. In faith, he got up early next morning and walked for three days to reach that specific Mountain at Moriah. Why did God ask him to travel for three days and sacrifice his son on that particular mountain? Did you understand the depth of His testing? Abraham is called “The Father OF Faith” due to all this. He could survive that three days walk and climb the mountain of testing and reach on the top to obey the Lord who gave him this son.

Sometimes, God’s ways seem so strange and beyond our understanding. We wonder about his promises when something opposite to that promise happens in our lives. Many of us climb that mountain of Moriah and are tested regarding the promise He has given us. What if we fail in that walk? We will not be able to see God’s provision for us and will not be able to say to others that “He is a provider”. When we are tested, we think that God is not going to do what He has promised, but when you obey, when you trust Him in spite of every tears you had to go through, He will not only fulfill His promise, but raise you to a higher level of faith.

Have you been there..walking to the Mt. Moriah with your promise? Few months back, I walked through that path.It was really difficult to give up what He had promised. While climbing, I could not see the ram caught in the bushes, waiting for me. I could not see the hand of God which provides…I felt really strange..How could He give a promise and ask me to give away what he had promised? But you know what? God revealed to me one truth..that His promise is for ever and ever. And His words are flawless (Psalms 18:30). No matter what happens in between, He will fulfill what He has promised. And only when you are ready to sacrifice, you will be able to boldly say that the Lord provides, and receive His provision.

The testing at Mt. Moriah was the most difficult testing Abraham had to face, harder than the 25 years of waiting. Are you on that path today? I know it is really difficult, but if you obey His word, He will prepare his provision for you. Remember, for every step you take on this side of the mountain, a ram is climbing on the other side. And by the time you reach the top, it will be caught in the bushes, in your hand’s reach,  and just like Abraham you can call that testing mountain “The Lord Provides” and walk down with your promise.

In Him,

Rani John





    1. Awesome devotion. Thank You Rani.
      God bless You

    2. Rani, This is a great devotion. I love how you have parsed this story and related it to your own life. Peace, Linda

    3. Thank you Rani! With your help and His, I will keep walking up that mountain, trusting in His promise . . .remembering there is a ram on the other side, climbing up too. love you! deb

    4. Rani. I do not have apt words to thank you for giving us this devotion. I shout aloud, “Yes, I was there”…. I still am there, not for a few months but for some years. When others tell me that I should give up after many days of fasting and prayers if answers to my requests are not coming forth, I am reminded “will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?”
      Thank you once again for reminding me that my God will fulfil His promises and I get justice, quickly. I will see them with my own eyes and celebrate before Him. God bless you dear sister. You are a great blessing in my life. Susan

    5. Thank you very much for those words.It is bringing in lot of peace in this personal struggle of mine. It inspires and give hope. May our good Lord give you more such wonderful insights. Keep the good work going.

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