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WILL GOD PROVIDE

WILL GOD PROVIDE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22:14 NKJV

Where will the money come from to pay the bills? What will we do? Have you ever asked yourself or your spouse these questions? The answer is simple. Go to the Father. God is Jehovah Jireh, “The-Lord-Will-Provide”.

God tested Abraham by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac, his only son (Gen. 22:1-2). Like most trials, this one did not make sense. God had never required a human sacrifice. It was in direct contrast to His nature. Why would God take Abraham’s son of old age, especially when He had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations?

Sometimes, God tests us so we can learn to trust Him. Abraham passed the test. Not once during the three-day journey did he question God. Abraham knew God as Jehovah Jireh. Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac, even though he had never seen a resurrection (Heb. 11:17-19). Abraham even told his servants they would both return from the mountain. When Isaac asked his dad where the lamb was for the sacrifice, Abraham responded by assuring Isaac, and himself, God would provide

At the last moment, as Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, God stopped him. God did exactly what Abraham had told Isaac. He provided a ram for the sacrifice.

Abraham passed the test. He was obedient, at all cost, even to the point of sacrificing his son. God blessed Abraham’s obedience by promising him descendants more numerous than the stars (Gen. 22:18). Obedience always precedes blessing.

Christians go through many tests. Like Abraham, we must be obedient at all cost. God is still Jehovah Jireh. He will provide! When the checking account falls short, He will provide. When you are forced to choose between paying bills and purchasing food, He will provide. When you face insurmountable medical costs, He will provide. He may not move the mountain, but God will provide, just as He provided for Abraham.

We have no need to worry. We have God’s promise:

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Our Father, we all worry. Help us to have faith like Abraham – a faith that trusts You completely. Thank You, Jehovah Jireh, for always providing exactly what we need. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read the entire passage in Genesis 22: 1-19.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle trusting God to provide? What areas trouble you most? Pray for God to give you peace about this.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Hope For The Hopeless

HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Heb. 11:11 (NKJV)

What could be more hopeless than a barren woman at the age of 90? God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. He promised to give them descendants as numerous as the stars. This seemed physically impossible since Sarah was past the age of child bearing. Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety. They trusted in God’s faithfulness. Yes, their faith may have waivered a little when they took matters into their own hands with Hagar. Yet they both appear among the heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11.

Paul thought that their faith was so strong that he wrote of their hope when they had no earthly reason to hope: “who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations…” (Rom. 4:18). Abraham and Sarah had hope and they believed the unbelievable because they trusted God.

We can learn several things from Abraham and Sarah. We need to be patient and not take things into our own hands, but wait on the Lord. Many times, we grow weary in waiting just like Abraham and Sarah. We think it is up to us to act since God has not moved yet.

The most important thing we can take away from their story is to have a faith that hopes in God when things seem hopeless. We need a faith that believes the promises that God has given us. He has promised to supply all our needs, give us a peace to guard our hearts and minds and to strengthen us.

Friend, we have the greatest hope there is – Jesus Christ. We do not place our hope in this world, our government, or even in ourselves. Our hope is in God who brings life to the barren and salvation to the soul.

Heavenly Father,

Help us when our faith waivers. When we are in the midst of hopeless situations, help us remember that we must trust in You and Your promises because You are faithful. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Gen. 15:1-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What is the seemingly hopeless thing that you need to trust God for today? Trust God with this matter and commit it to prayer.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.