Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Genesis 20-22.
“And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.” Genesis 22:14, CSB
Has God ever asked you to do something that required stepping out in faith? Of course He has. You probably have a specific example in your mind right now. I can think of many. In our Scripture today, God asks a lot of Abraham.
God will often ask hard things of us, but He is always there to provide for you as you take steps of faith.
Abraham had to have wondered how the promise of a great nation would be fulfilled if he scarified Isaac. He had to be confused as to why God would have him to sacrificed the promised son that He had waited about 100 years to have. But, when Isaac asked his dad where the animal for the sacrifice was, Abraham confidently told him that God would provide. And God did provide.
Abraham showed God that he was willing to give up everything to follow God. I believe, possibly even with questions, that Abraham was willing to trust God to fulfill His promise and keep His covenant even if he had to go through with the sacrifice of Isaac. And so a ram in the thicket was given to be the sacrifice to take Isaac’s place on the altar. And so Abraham names this place “The Lord will Provide.”
At this point in the story of Scripture, we see a foreshadow of Jesus giving up Himself on the cross to take our place on the altar. And this is ultimately how God fulfills His covenant promise with Abraham.
What is God asking you to sacrifice? What step of faith is He asking you to take? Will you trust Him to provide?