Advent || Day 2 || Jehovah Jireh
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham! ”“Here I am,” he answered. “Take your son,” He said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. On the third dayAbraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together. Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”And he replied, “Here I am, my son.”Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? ”Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together. When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham! ”He replied, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.” Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.” Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By Myself I have sworn,” this is the Lord’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies. And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command.” Abraham went back to his young men, and they got up and went together to Beer-sheba. And Abraham settled in Beer-sheba.
What does God want from me? Have you ever thought about that question? One of the key phrases in the Bourne movies is, “Look at what they make you give.”
Do you sometimes feel that way about God? Here’s the truth about our relationship with God – he wants our hearts. So anything or anyone that holds our heart captive or is above our devotion to Him is a threat to His influence in our lives.
So what in your life needs to take second place? What needs to go on the altar? What relationship, passion, possession, position, or life plan have you elevated above God? For me, I have allowed my thinking to be influenced by so many negative mindsets lately. I started to believe things which weren’t actually true. Those negative mindsets have a grip on my heart and I started to believe them over what I know to be true about God.
And this is what I know about God because of one of His names: He will provide (Jehovah Jireh). He knows me by name, He has called me, He loves me and I trust Him with my entire life. He is good and has me in His strong arms. I don’t need to worry. I don’t need to run after other things. He is all I need.