And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. ~~ Genesis 22:7-8 (KJV)
God not only sees everything, but He also provides. He provides what we need, not necessarily what we want.
So what do we need? We need food and clothing and shelter and health in order to live as we want. But there are some of us who go without one or another of these things. Some people go hungry. Some barely have rags to cover themselves. Others live on the streets or in cars or in homeless shelters. Still others are in poor health for one reason or another.
Does this mean that God doesn’t provide? No.
He provided the ram for Abraham’s offering. He provided water for Hagar in the wilderness. And He will provide for us as well.
Most importantly, He provided the blood of Jesus for our salvation. He sent the Holy Spirit for our sanctification. And He provides His love which surrounds us eternally.
These are free gifts to us from His love for us – His love for each of us individually.
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. ~~ Genesis 22:13-14
Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide. You will notice that Abraham went about his business, expecting the Lord to provide the sacrifice. The Lord had given him Isaac. If the Lord wanted Isaac back, Abraham was going to obey God.
But God had promised Abraham that He would make Isaac a great nation. If Isaac were dead, that could not be. Abraham didn’t know how God would keep the promise, but he knew God cannot lie.
He believed that God would provide, and God did provide. He didn’t need to know how God would provide. He simply believed and spoke his belief to his son.
In the face of evidence to the contrary, can we believe that God keeps His promises? How strong is our faith in God’s love for us? How strong is our love for God? How hungry is our heart for His presence?
The only thing we need is God’s presence in our lives. All else will follow.
Paul has it right:
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. ~~ Philippians 4:10-12
Whether life is bountiful or parsimonious, we have the riches of God’s presence. That is all we really need. All else is superfluous.
Help us to know the generosity of Your presence at all times. Keep our hearts and minds focused on You, not on the trappings of this world. Grant us a greater sensitivity to Your presence and Your provision for our lives.
In Jesus’ most precious name.