Hello, My Name is ... God | Genesis 22:13-14
Genesis 22:13-14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So 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."
Abraham was preparing to sacrifice his only son according to God’s instruction. Isaac, born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age, had stolen the hearts of his parents. God wanted to make sure that Abraham’s total allegiance was to him. Yes, even our children can become “idols” and turn us from following hard after God.
But God’s desire was never to have Isaac out of the picture. Seeing Abraham’s willingness to obey the unthinkable test, God stopped the process. Abraham looked up to find a ram provided by God “and sacrificed it…instead of his son.” Abraham called the place Jehovah-Jireh, meaning “The Lord Will Provide.”
Is there anything that has stolen your heart away from God? A relationship? Job? Hobby? Dream? Child? Spouse? Money? Even good things can become an idol. But no one or no thing can stand between you and God. God will not put you through the same test he required of Abraham. But he wants your total allegiance just the same. Put him first and he will provide all you need in the other areas of your life.
Father, thank you for being our Jehovah-Jireh. We depend on you to provide all we need. Show us what has stolen our heart away from you, and give us the courage to take the action to place you on the throne of our hearts. In Jesus name. Amen.