As I survey the Scriptures, one common theme is that God provides for His people.
- God provided Adam with a wife.
- God provided Sarah with a child.
- God provided manna in the wilderness.
- God provided an escape for Moses and the Israelites through the Red Sea.
- God provided us with His Spirit.
The list really is endless. However, one of my favorite ways is found in the story of Abraham. In Genesis 22, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. On their way to the altar, Isaac notices something strange. One of the elements of the sacrifice is missing- the lamb. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 22:7).
As Shannon has been talking about radical obedience, I can’t help but be challenged by Abraham’s faith here. Abraham thinks he is about to kill his only son- at the request of God.
Don’t just read over that request like it’s easy. Put yourself in the shoes of Abraham. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son.
Despite how difficult that situation must have been, Abraham responded to his son’s question saying, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son” (Genesis 22:8). And God did provide exactly what Abraham and Isaac needed exactly when they needed it.
This story is glorious as it was a sign of what God was going to do for all humanity. God sacrificed His only begotten son, Jesus Christ.
Again, don’t read over that too quickly. There is no sweeter truth in the whole world (of which I dare you to search) than the killing of God’s Son, designed by God, for His people. Only this death and resurrection of Christ makes us right before God. In this sacrifice alone we are given all we need. God met our biggest need through the cross of Christ!
By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. – 2 Peter 1:3
God has given us all we need, church. Remember: when you think you need money, or a home, or healing, or vacation, or retirement, or food, or whatever, God has provided for your biggest need in Christ. “Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32).
A day will come in which it may seem that God is no longer providing. Perhaps you lose a family member. Perhaps you will lie on your own deathbed before “your time.” You may wonder, “Where are you, God?” Dwell on this: God will always provide for His people. The enemy wants us to be devastated by poverty, lose, and death. But God, in His infinite wisdom, uses even these things. He uses death to bring His people to His final provision: an eternity spent totally in His presence. God’s greatest gift for us is Himself.