Monday, 27 August 2012

Other side of the Mountain...

Gen 22:14 ~ 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.”

Last night the husband and I were having a chat about our thoughts on tithing, sowing and Gods Provision. This was prompted by a friends very humble, honest and encouraging blog post I'd seen on Facebook which had led me to thinking about our situation with believing God for a house move in the near future.
Whilst Robert and I share pretty much the same views on the above subject, we do differ in a couple of opinions (very healthy I'd say) and this led to Rob reminding me of the story of Abraham in the bible and the miracle God provided for him and his family.

Abraham and his wife Sarah had desperatley wanted a baby to complete their family. They stayed faithful to trusting Gods promises and words over their lives for many years and eventually when Abraham was 100years of age, God did indeed bless them with their promised child, a son, who they named Isaac. God done many miracles through and for Abraham and his family, but still He was to test them further....as we read in the book of Genesis, chapter 22:2-14-
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go further and worship, and we will come back to you.”
 6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

 8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
 9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
 11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
 12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
 13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 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.”


I don't know about you, but when I first read these verses I felt in complete awe and in bewilderment of Abraham...I felt sorry for the innocent child Isaac and I wondered how on earth God could ask Abraham to kill his beloved, precious, much wanted son.
Then when you look closer, and really open your heart and mind to the story, you see that God wasn't trying to be cruel or evil. He wasn't trying to trick Abraham or spite him. God was indeed bringing forth His perfect plan and conclusion on Abrahams whole life story. And whilst as mere humans we can say "wow, God, that sure was a pretty in depth way to test this man who had already been so obedient and faithful to you," we can also marvel at Gods miraculous provision and timing for Abraham...and indeed Isaac!

This story is so relevant in our lives today as believers. I'm sure pretty much everyone who reads this post, is waiting upon a miracle of some sort from God...maybe you are in financial need... perhaps you are trusting God to heal you, a family member or friend from a serious illness....maybe, like us, you are resting in Gods timing for that house move you so believe will happen...but as yet it hasn't....perhaps you are unemployed or have just been made redundant... whatever your need... whatever your miracle... God can and will provide it for you.

Think of yourself as Abraham... on that mountain, desperatley in need of a breakthrough but unsure of when or where it will come from... then ...BHAM!...right at the last second, when it seems all HOPE has gone...there it is ...Gods PERFECT, BEAUTIFUL, HOLY gift...just in time...just for you!
It's there...it's coming my friend...we just to need to ensure we live as Worshipping, Hopeful, Obedient, God Loving, People Loving, Faithful, Scripture dwelling sons and daughters of our Holy God who so loves us and has His Will for our lives very much in place.

Don't try so hard to control the situation you find yourself in, instead, as the bible tells us in Matthew 6:33 "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."

It's not always easy, this I know... but hey, no-one ever said it would be my love. Do we really think Abrahams most glorious joyful moment in life was leading his son up that mountain side that day....no...I'm sure it wasn't. But, guess what, by staying faithful to God, I bet the journey back down was!

My encouragement to you today is to continue trusting in God who loves you so much. Don't let life zapp you of His Glory...don't let situation rob you of His joy...don't lose your hope of amazing things to come.
We are already so blessed. Jesus dying for us is the biggest gift we couyld ever receive, keep your eyes on the heavenly things already sent your way and God will continue to unravel the rest of His plan over you!

Lord God, we thank you for your word which is still so relevant to us today. Thank you for the story and example of Abraham and your miraculous timing and provision over his life. I pray Lord that you would help us stay focused on you, that you would bring breakthrough into our situations O'God. Help us keep our eyes firmly on you, our trust rooted in you...and help us be a blessing throughout!
In Jesus name, Amen!

Be Blessed :-)

4 comments:

  1. Stacey,

    Thank you for this post and it's beautiful reminder to keep trusting in God's perfect timing. Greg and I are patiently waiting on several things to happen: a job promotion for Greg, a possible move, and to begin our adoption journey. We have been praying over these three areas for years now and I am beginning to see a direct correlation between God's provision and our being faithful to tithing (at least in these specific areas for us. God does not always work like that.) We're excited and waiting in anticipation for God to move on our behalf as we give sacrificially.

    Thank you again for linking up with the {faith} filled life weekly link up! I so appreciate you!

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  2. Thank you for this encouragement. I am too late to link up with Faith Filled Life but this links nicely to my most recent post

    http://childrenfamilyministry.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/hearts-desire/

    God bless x

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  3. Thank you for the encouragement guys. So pleased this post spoke to you too! We are also in a season of feeling ait like Abraham, but we claim Gods miracle coming up the other side of the mountain!
    God bless you xxx

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