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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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IT’S NOT THE HAPPIEST TIME OF THE YEAR

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

Have you seen the Christmas movie about the elderly lady alone on Christmas Day reading her Bible? They never made a movie about it, but that is the reality for many folks this Christmas. There is the mom who is crying because of her wayward child, and there is the family who watched their home burn to the ground. Many will not have family to spend time with, while others dread the family dinner.

For many people Christmas will not be the happiest time of the year, but the first Christmas wasn’t that happy either. Mary, nine months pregnant, was weary from the long journey on a donkey. They could not even get a room, and they had to bunk with the animals. On top of all that, these two teenagers had to deliver Baby Jesus on their own. What they did have was joy.

They had the joy of birthing the Messiah into the world. They had the joy of knowing that God had chosen them for this honor. Their joy was in the fact that God loved them enough to send His Son to die in their place.

God loves us “so” much. No words can describe the depths of His love. God’s love is one that we cannot fathom. Paul wrote that it passes knowledge (Eph. 3:19). Jeremiah said, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jer. 31:3).

God loves us when it seems like no one else does. God will not leave us even when others leave (Heb. 13:5).

Our Christmas may not be perfect, but we have the love of Jesus. They may steal our happy, but they can never steal our joy.

Father in heaven,

You love me! I just want to stay in this moment and try to absorb the immeasurable love You have for me. Even when I fail, You love me. Thank You. I love You! Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Meditate on these verses: Rom. 8:38-39, 1 Cor. 2:9, Gal. 2:20, and 1 John 3:1.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Make the effort to brighten the Christmas of someone who struggles during this season.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.