Talk about a man of faith. The-Lord-Will-Provide. Abraham did not waver because he knew that the Lord would provide. The whole time that he traveled with Isaac to the place the Lord had directed him to go, he never questioned. He knew that the Lord would provide for the burnt offering. How could he not believe after the Lord had already told him that He would establish His covenant with Isaac? And provide He did. The ram caught in a thicket provided by the Lord when Abraham drew his knife to slay his son. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son for his Lord. When you think about it, Abraham must have known that even if he did slay Isaac, the Lord would have had to raise him up because He had already said He would establish His covenant with Isaac.
Maybe you are facing a difficult situation that seems hopeless. It could be a financial situation, your health, or maybe even your job or lack of a job. With God all things are possible. He will provide for our every need if we have faith to believe and not doubt. Big or small nothing is too difficult for Him. If Abraham who faced the difficult situation of sacrificing Isaac, had enough faith to believe that the Lord would provide. How can we not believe that He will provide for our situation?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?Romans 8:32
Jehovah-Jireh our provider.
Websters Dictionary : fear ~ a feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. It also says ~ an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger: a feeling of being afraid
Interestingly enough fear can be taken one of two ways, with respect and wonder, or with a feeling of being afraid. Sound familiar? We can have faith and trust in the Lord, or we can be afraid and listen to the lies of the enemy.
Consider the Lord was here at the beginning. He created the heavens and the earth. He created us and everything all around us. He knew us before we were ever born. He knows every detail of our lives. He is able to see it from the beginning to the end whereas we only see in the now. We may remember the past, which is over and cannot be changed; the future has yet to happen and we have no idea what it involves because we aren’t there. The only thing we know is what is before us, the now. When you think about it wouldn’t you rather fear and hope in His mercy and grace than to think you have it under control and don’t need Him? If He is pleased when we give Him the respect He deserves, imagine the blessings He will pour out on us. Praying for you and your loved ones. 🙏❤
Praise You, O Lord, for You alone are worthy of all our praise. I honor You, O Lord, and thank You for Your mercy, that You extend each new day. Praise You, O Lord!
How we hear. When I first read this verse as part of my devotional only the first part was given: therefore take heed how you hear. I was struck with one thought: How did I miss the part about how I hear? It is easy to miss something when distractions are around you. In order for me to hear properly what the Lord is speaking to me, I need to get in my prayer room. (space, closet, wherever you can be alone with you and the Lord and no distractions.) I must admit this is one area that I struggle with. Why? Because honestly I let the distractions early in my Christian walk interfere and didn’t developed the proper discipline to truly understand what it meant to spend time alone with the Lord. But I’m working on making it a daily routine and not a struggle. 😊
To truly hear from the Lord we need to find a quiet place ~ a place where we can shut out the distractions of the world and be still. No distractions. Just being still, quiet, and listening to His voice. As we hear Him speak to us, He will tell us things meant just for us. Things that only we can do and as we obey Him; He will entrust us with more. There may be times when we don’t hear Him speak and that’s okay. We just have to remember that He may not always speak and not to become discouraged. The second part of the verse may be a reminder of what can happen if we don’t make time to get in our quiet place and listen to the Lord.
Lord, it is so easy to make excuses and let the distractions of the world interfere with our quiet time with You. May we have ears to hear Your still small voice as we make the time to meet You in our quiet place. Create in us a burning desire to want to spend more time with You. In Your holy and precious name, amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.Numbers 6:24-26
Perfect peace. In the chaos we live in it can be hard to find peace much less perfect peace. But there is One who will give us that as we focus on Him. We can trust that He will take the reins of chaos and give us the peace that we seek. And that – keeping our mind on Him – can be a challenge in and of itself with all of the distractions in our way.
There is a place where you can go to shut out the noise of world and get on your knees seeking the Lord. A secret place where it is just you and the Lord. A place where He will speak to you if you are quiet and listen for His voice. As you spend time here you will learn His voice. When you leave your secret place and enter back into the chaos His perfect peace will reign making it easier to maneuver life’s bumps.
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy. For the wisdom that You impart to us. For guiding our footsteps and making our paths straight. As we seek You in our quiet room, give us ears to hear. May You be the center and focus of our thoughts all the days of our lives. I praise You and thank You in Jesus name amen.
Jesus chose you. And it started with:
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.John 15:9
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.John 15:13,14
Jesus paid the ultimate price for us by laying down His life for us. Let that sink in for a moment as you consider His next words: You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. Friends. Jesus pays for our sins, and then as only He can do, He turns around and calls us His friend. A friend who is more powerful than anything or anyone we will face. A forever friend who will never leave us because He chose us. He asks one thing, that we obey Him. It all began with love. His love for you as He chose you to be His.
God bless! ❤