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Devotional - week of November 6, 2005


THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

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."  Genesis 22:14

God commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah. There he was to offer his long-awaited son as a burnt offering to the Lord. Immediately upon God’s command, Abraham made preparation and went with his son to Mount Moriah.

Genesis 22:7 records a conversation between Isaac and Abraham as they climbed the mountain. Isaac begins by saying:

"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?"

Abraham responds:

… "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering."  Genesis 22:8

God intervened by providing a ram as the burnt offering to be used in the place of Isaac. Because of this, Abraham named the place “The-Lord-Will-Provide.” It would seem logical for Abraham to have named the place “God Has Provided.”

Abraham’s first use of the term “God will provide” was at the point of his immediate need. His second use of the term was strictly a look into the future. All believers need this same all-encompassing quality of faith—one for their immediate needs and one for the long look into the future.

Experience has shown us that we have not always had enough faith for our immediate circumstances, and also we have not always had enough faith concerning the long-range future of our lives.

Abraham’s two-sided faith must have been the result of his having so many successful experiences with God’s provision in seemingly impossible circumstances.

By faith we are able to experience the life of grace. Living the life of grace grows our faith. By grace we can have that rich quality of faith that Abraham had.