In the Old Testament of the Bible, Genesis 22 tells the story of God’s testing of Abraham and Abraham’s obedience to Him. God commanded Abraham to take his only son Issac to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him as a burnt offering. I don’t know about you, but as a mother to two boys, I have to admit I would have a very hard time following God’s command, if I were in Abraham’s sandals. Not only that, but Abraham and his wife, Sarah, waited years to have this child. Genesis tells of their struggle to bear children. The chapter doesn’t show Abraham arguing with God.
Instead, it shows Abraham’s compliance. Abraham did as he was told and just as he raised the knife to sacrifice his son, an angel of the Lord called out from Heaven and ordered him not to lay a hand on his son. I can only imagine the relief that swept through Abraham. This Godly man was about to sacrifice his son because God commanded him to do it. He passed the test. As a result, God provided a ram in the thicket to be used as a sacrifice in place of Issac.
Abraham named God Jehovah-jireh, which basically means the Lord provides. God is the same today as He was all those years ago. His grace and mercy continues to amaze me.
Recently, I was presented with a golden opportunity to return to school and get my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. This wasn’t a decision made lightly because let’s face it, I’m not your traditional college student.
I’m a wife, a mother, a family manager (isn’t that a cool title!), a childcare provider, a writer, a Sunday school teacher. All of those things have a boatload of responsibilities. And I’m going to add college student to the list?? Am I crazy? I see those nodding heads… 🙂
Last week, I was in need of $950. That’s quite a chunk of change and not anything I had sitting around in piggy banks. I needed this money soon if I was going to return to school. I prayed and asked Jehovah-jireh to provide.
God reminded me of a saving account I don’t touch often. I contacted the necessary person about this account and he asked how much would I like to take out. I said it depended on the accrued amount. His answer gave me goose bumps. God’s provision never ceases to amaze me.