Devotional, Genesis, God is the Provider, God Is...

To This Day (Genesis 22:14-18 Devotional)

So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”

Genesis 22:14-18

After Abraham experienced God’s providence, he named the place, YHWH Yireh, meaning, the Lord will Provide.  I think it is a good practice to do something to commemorate God’s work. 

Abraham’s experience is not unique to him.  The author of Genesis wrote a remark, “it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.””, that means even to the day of the author, people still experienced God’s providence.  Many think, Mosses was the author of Genesis, who was 500 years after Abraham, so in that 500 years people continue to experience what Abraham has experienced and I would say, even to this day, on the mount of the Lord, it shall be provided. 

What has God provided us? 

  1. This world.  Even before we were born, before we needed this world God created the world for us. 
    1. Lessons learned:
      1. He knew our needs long before we knew and He has already provided.
      2. The world is so big, not only we do not need the whole of it, we have not experienced the whole, He is a generous God.
  2. He Himself.  Jesus personally came to this world to die for you and me. 
    He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  (Romans 8:32)

To this Day

Many years have passed since we first experienced God’s providence.  In these years, we have gone through many different periods in our lives. We have gone through a trialing period, we have gone through a failing period when we have failed God, others, and/or ourselves.  But to this day He still provides, without regard to the circumstances we have faced and the failures we have committed.  That means His providence does not depend on the situation we are facing nor how good we are performing. 

He has, is, and will continue to provide.

He provided for us. He wanted us to use His providence to bless the world. 

Shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.

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