A Ram in the Thicket
It was one of the most dramatic moments in the Bible. God tells Abram to take his only son and sacrifice him on an altar. By now I hope you are beginning to understand the magnitude of this request, which is only compounded when we consider that by now, Abram is north of 100yrs old, and his once-barren wife is nearing 100 also. Therefore, the chances of a repeat performance of another child in their eyes is not likely. The trouble is when God says do, that leaves no other options. So, Abram did as he was commanded. Wait a minute, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because before he placed his only son on the altar, Abram makes two very huge statements. The first came when he told the servant who accompanied them on the mountain that day, “stay here, the boy and I will be back shortly.” What a statement from a guy preparing to kill his son. The second and most touching statement came when as they were preparing the altar; Isaac looks at his father and says,” I see the altar and the wood, but where is the sacrifice?” To which Abram replied, “God will provide.” What faith. What trust in God. I can’t begin to imagine walking in those footsteps and believe many of us would say the same. Well, now for the rest of the story as they say: God put a ram in the thicket (I like saying that) as the sacrifice. I don’t know about you, but I can’t begin to count how many times that Ram was caught in the thicket in my life. Life happened and I needed something beyond me, and God provided. And He keeps providing.
That got me to thinking. If we all would take this inventory and recall how many times God provided when we needed it most, and how He continuously provides; then what happens when the body comes together because the church has a need? We all turn to God in unison because we know as He has provided for us as individuals, so will He provide for his kingdom. We need to keep that before us and remember in ALL circumstances our God is able and He will provide!
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