In Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain fantasy series, the hybrid manbeast Gurgi is gifted with an enchanted wallet that never runs out of food. Gurgi is thrilled with the gift and seizes every opportunity to share its contents with his companions as they embark upon their various quests. Factoring into Gurgi’s enthusiasm and pride is his unshakeable confidence in the wallet’s ability to provide food whenever required.
Abraham also demonstrated unshakeable confidence in the Lord’s ability to provide. Following God’s instructions to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering on Mount Moriah, Abraham set out with his son and servants in tow (Genesis 22:1-3). When Isaac asked his father which lamb would be sacrificed, Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Genesis 22:8). God did provide a ram for the sacrifice, “so Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.” (Genesis 22:14).
We might wonder why God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac when he intended to provide a ram anyway. Was it a test? Maybe. Or perhaps it was a demonstration of God’s unending bounty – everything we have to give, he provides, even when it seems we’re being asked for more than we have or can afford. Abraham lived out the truth that God alone is the true Source. Knowing this, we too can have unshakeable confidence in the Lord who provides.
THOUGHT: God provides, so why do I worry about my life? – Tamela Mann
RESPONSE: Thank you, Lord, for never failing to provide all that I need.
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