Do you have trouble living in the present?
Are you always worried about the future?
With a large Global Media Summit looming, my thoughts are weighed down this morning with all the details.
As director, I am praying everything goes smoothly this week. The hotel accommodations, the sessions and the media seminars. My desire is for the conference to leave a lasting, positive impression on the attendees.
And I want to release this extra layer of stress blanketing my body to the Lord, but how do I do that?
Perhaps, you have something weighing you down today.
A medical procedure.
A difficult decision.
A family “situation.”
Whatever our story is, we can learn from our forefather, Abraham.
As he trudged up to Mount Moriah, preparing to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac, the load must have been tremendous. Deep down, he knew the truth. God promised he would make Abraham into a great nation.
But when things look bleak, there’s always the element of doubt. Did God really mean what he said?
When Isaac asked, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered courageously, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”
But, as in Abraham’s case, sometimes our help comes in the eleventh hour. God wants to know if we trust him enough to take care of our problem.
Abraham was forced to believe God, even when the hope of reprieve was fading.
As he lifted the knife up to sacrifice the heir of the promise, he must have been thinking, “Anytime now, Lord.”
And then it happened.
God came through with a Holy command seconds before this story would turn into a tragedy.
“Abraham! Abraham! Do not lay a hand on the boy.”
Nearby in a thicket, a ram was provided for the sacrifice in exchange for Isaac.
Abraham’s sigh of relief must have been heard for miles.
Whatever difficult scenario we face today, we have to trust God will provide what we need, even if there is no hope on the horizon.
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
God just wants us to believe his promise.
What do you need today?
Lay it at God’s altar and wait.
Because he always provides.
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