Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Gen. 22:14)
In Genesis 22:1–18, we see God’s testing of Abraham unfold. The primary question of the entire story is how Abraham would react to the test God laid before him. In Hebrews 11, often known as the Heroes of the Faith chapter, a significant portion of the chapter is dedicated to Abraham. Within that chapter, the writer clues in to two aspects of Abraham’s reaction to the challenge of God.
The first aspect is faith. Numerous times, the writer of Hebrews used the phrase “by faith” when describing how Abraham interacted with God. In Genesis 22, we see that Abraham acted in faith that reflected obedience, worship, trust in God’s provision, commitment, and belief in God’s promise. The second aspect of Abraham’s reaction is that Abraham trusted God. Abraham did not have only a small amount of trust in God; he had an emphatic trust in God. The writer of Hebrews said, “Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead” (Heb. 11:19).
Abraham had so much faith and trust in God that he believed God would raise Isaac from the dead. The reason Abraham had so much faith and trust is that he knew from experience that God was a God of faithfulness to his word. Abraham called the place “The Lord Will Provide,” because he knew God would always provide his future. He will provide for ours too.
Choose today to have faith that God will provide for your future.
Chris Whetlor serves as spiritual formation pastor at Real Life Wesleyan Church in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and is completing a DMin in spiritual formation at Wesley Seminary.
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