All In and God’s provision

Last night at the Gala Theater, Pastor Mark continued National Community Church’s “All In” series.  He was talking about God’s provision and how he provides for us when we need it.  Pastor Mark talked about Abraham and how God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac as an offering to God.  Abraham didn’t understand why God was asking that but Abraham was willing to do it anyway.  I’m sure Abraham was scared out of his mind as he took his son that morning.  How could he explain what was happening to Isaac?  How did it feel to walk up the hill thinking about how he would walk back down alone?  The Bible talks about how he bound Isaac and placed him on the alter to the Lord.  Abraham then raised his knife above his head to kill his son.

Stop right there.  This is huge.

It takes so much faith and trust in God to get that far!  Abraham had prayed for years for a son and was very old at this point.  His wife was past childbearing years and it took miracle for Isaac to be born.  Don’t you think that was hard for Abraham to have faith then?  God had promised Abraham a son that would be the father of many nations.  He had waited so long and God had provided.  I’m sure it was confusing when God asked him to offer his son as a burnt sacrifice.  That would mean the son that God had promised would be dead.  How could Abraham’s descendants turn into a great nation if his one and only son was dead?

I’m sure all of that was running through Abraham’s head as his hand was stretched above his head preparing to kill Isaac his only son.  But in spite of everything, Abraham was willing to do WHATEVER God commanded him to do.  No matter what.  No matter how insane the situation might be, he was willing.

God intervened and stopped Abraham from harming Isaac and provided another offering in place of Isaac.

Why did God wait until the knife was above Abraham’s head?  In less then a second, Abraham would have fatally wounded his one and only son.

Quite simply, God doesn’t provide until we need it.  He doesn’t promise a comfortable life or an easy way out.  If that was the case, we wouldn’t have to pray! He wants us to ask and to call upon His name.  He wants us to cry out in faith that He will hear us.  It builds our trust in God.

We have to take the first step.  So many times, we stand there and say, “Okay God, you promised great things.  Let me set it and I’ll move forward.”  We ask for that sign from God, when instead, we should be trusting and moving forward.  God won’t provide until we move.  If we just stand there, why does He need to do anything?  But, when we make that decision to move forward, God will move with us and make the way for us.  He’ll make a path for us just like he did for the Israelites at the Red Sea.  He’ll make a path just as he did when the Israelites were walking forward towards Jehrico.

Think about that story.  When the Israelites were walking forward towards Jehrico, the arc being carried by 4 men went first.  God promised to get them across the river.  It’s hard to take that first step.  Can you imagine what it was like to be that first guy in line?  Someone had to put their foot in the water first.  No one likes to be humiliated.  What happens if one dude puts his foot in the water and his shoes get wet because the water doesn’t part?  Stinks right?  But, it had to be done.  He took the first step forward, and the water parted.  God could have parted the water and then told them to go, but instead he made them move forward first.  Crazy right?

What about my life?  What about your life?  What areas is God telling you to move forward but you are afraid to “get your shoes wet”?  Where do you need to build more faith?  How can you trust God more?

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