MARK IT AND CALL IT HOLY
And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”. Genesis 22:13-14
I can be an ungrateful person. I can cry out to the Lord when in a difficult place, ask for a way of escape, and when God miraculously provides, just walk away in relief and wonder if it was a coincidence. One thing I’m sure didn’t happen in this story of Abraham and Isaac. When the lamb appeared in the thicket, Abraham knew who provided it. He drove a stake in the ground spiritually and called God, “Yahweh”, meaning ‘the Lord will provide.’ He never even thought of the word coincidence.
Part of the reason I have failed to recognize God’s miraculous interventions in my life has been because I thought Him to be stingy. When things worked out, I couldn’t bring myself to admit that He did it. My experience with some caregivers turning a blind eye to my emotional needs tainted my view of a God who says He loves and He cares.
I want to be grateful, not just for the big things, but the little things. For all of God’s answers to prayer, I don’t want to say, “Whew!”, and just walk away. I want to mark the spot, note His provision, declare Him my Yahweh, and praise Him for His faithfulness.
To this day, Abraham’s declaration of ‘Yahweh’ remains. The Jewish people continued to commemorate that event on the mountain each time they made sacrifices in the temple. One man’s expression of overwhelming gratitude touched generations after him. His passion continues to spread like wildfire in my spirit.
For all You did in 2013, thank you. You were so faithful to me. It was a holy year and I remember each place where you were Yahweh. Amen
Journal Question: Does your family consider God to be a God who provides? What one or two stories can you tell them from your own experience that they’ll always remember?