The LORD Will Provide

_CES2384There is a story recorded in Genesis 22 that has proved bothersome to a lot of people.  This is where we find God telling Abraham to offer his beloved son, Isaac, as a sacrifice.  If you’re familiar with that story you also know that even though Abraham was willing to go through with the sacrifice out of obedience to God, in the end God tells him not to kill Isaac.  Instead God provided a ram that Abraham sacrificed in Isaac’s place.  Afterwards Abraham referred to the place where this happened as “The LORD Will Provide.”  Needless to say, that’s a pretty strange name for a place but considering what Abraham had just been through we might want to give him a break.  His intentions were good.  He wanted to honor God for providing an alternative sacrifice that allowed him to keep from killing his son.

The name The LORD Will Provide is one that we can all relate to.  It serves as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to His people and how God has provided for our needs time and time again.  Simply by the way God put the world together most of our physical needs are met.  The planet gives us the air we need to breathe, temperatures we can withstand, and plenty of food and water.  God has also provided for our spiritual needs, first and foremost through His Son, Jesus Christ.  In him we find forgiveness, love, purpose and meaning.  If we were to rename this planet we live on perhaps there would be no better name than The LORD Will Provide.

_CES3806This morning I was reading  the Psalms when I came across a passage that reminded me of God’s provision.  Psalm 147:8 says God “covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.”   One of God’s provisions for us is rain.  Since I have moved to farm country I have learned just how important rain is to a lot of people around here.  The livelihood of many people depends on God’s provision of rain.  Without it not only does the grass not grow, neither do all the crops that we depend upon for food.

In the very next verse of Psalm 147 we are told that God provides not just for us humans but for the creatures He has made as well.  Verse 8 says, “He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.”  This verse, for me, points to the greatness and kindness of God.  God is concerned about the cattle in the fields and the young ravens in their nests.  The same thing could be said about all other creatures.  If animals and plants could talk they might likewise call the place where they live The LORD Will Provide.

_CES4350I offer these thoughts to you today in the hope that you might find comfort knowing that our God is in fact the God who will provide.  I offer these thoughts for my own benefit as well.  There are some issues I am dealing with now where I need God’s help desperately.  I, too, need the reminder that God is the God who will provide.  Providing for us is God’s business.  It always has been.  God may not always act exactly how or when we would prefer but in His own time and in His own way He always provides what we need.  That is not just the testimony of Scripture, it is the testimony of all of Creation.

–Chuck

(I took the top picture at Yellowstone NP, the middle one on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the bottom one at El Malpais National Monument.)