Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. Genesis 22:8
Abraham set out for Mt. Moriah with faith. His faith, however, did not include the appearance of a real lamb on top of the mountain. He believed God would intervene after slaying Isaac and raise him from the dead. Hebrews 11:19 reveals this side note. ‘Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.’ Abraham’s faith was in the right person but he could not predict exactly how God would show His faithfulness.
When faced with a hopeless situation, I give it to my Father. I ask for Him to make a way. Then, to my shame, I set out to outline what His intervention will look like. When God fails to act in the ways I believe He should, my faith begins to falter. When will I learn that a miracle can never be figured out ahead of time! God’s answers are always outside my skillset of ingenuity. When He moves, it leaves every child of His open-mouthed in absolute astonishment. How many times have I said, “I can’t believe He did that!”
The best foundation for faith is utter hopelessness; the kind where no intervention can be second-guessed. That way, all my hope is in God. He has total freedom to move mountains and I’m just along for the thrill ride. My eyes are peeled on the horizon, not knowing how, or when, God will appear. Just because He moved a certain way in someone else’s life doesn’t mean He’ll do the same thing for me. In fact, probably not! My miracle will be shaped according to my story, to address my specific kind of unbelief. Though others may see a miracle, it may not thrill them like it does me. Because it was customized for my heart only, it will be a Damascus Road experience.
For all who wait today on God, wait well! Don’t faint because it appears God is taking too long or moving in a direction that makes no sense to you. Wait. Endure. Your ‘lamb’ may be just around the corner.
For every time I’ve accused You and fainted instead of waiting well, I apologize. Time has vindicated You and I am humbled. Amen
Journal Question:Is there any place in your life where you are saying, “God, if you love me, You’ll do this!” Can you let God be God and give Him freedom? Talk to Him about it.