The LORD Will Provide
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a
ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took
the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his
son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is
said to this day, In the Mount of the LORD it shall be
provided (Genesis 22:13, 14).
This was after Abraham had been willing to obey Gods command to offer
his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. He was willing to do this because
He completely trusted Gods promise that Isaac would be the father of his
posterity (Genesis 17:21).
This is explained in the New Testament: By faith Abraham, when he was
tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up
his only begotten son, of whom it was said, In Isaac your seed
shall be called, concluding that God was able to raise him up, even
from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense
In this faith, Abraham told his servants, Stay here with the donkey; the
lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back
to you (Genesis 22:5). Although he fully intended to obey Gods command, he
was confident that both he and Isaac would return.
In this faith, when Isaac asked him, Look, the fire and the wood,
but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? he replied, My son,
God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering (Genesis 22:7,
According to the faith of Abraham, God has indeed provided the Lamb for
an offering. Like Abraham, we can trust the providence of God. Abrahams offer
of his son prefigured the giving of Gods Son as a sacrifice for
the sins of the world. Isaac carried the wood on his shoulder that
would be used for him being sacrificed. Jesus bore the cross on His
shoulder upon which He would be nailed.
In addition to providing the sacrifice for our sins so we can be
saved, the providence of God extends to all aspects of our lives, for
in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
As Elihu states: If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His
breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust (Job
How sad that so many people place their trust in the shifting sands
of humanistic philosophy rather than in the word of God. They believe life
exists by the providence of mindless materialistic evolution, rather than by the providence
of God who in six days made the heavens and the earth, the
sea, and all that is in them (Exodus 20:11).
Such people have exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped
and served the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).
It makes God angry when men, whom He made in His own spiritual
image, are ungrateful and deny His providence: For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the
truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in
them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of
the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things
that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are
without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as
God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish
hearts were darkened (Romans 1:18-21).
If God withdrew His Spirit and His breath, life on earth would
cease. God did not create the universe like a wound-up clock that now
runs by itself. The Son of God, through whom the worlds were made,
upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:1-3).
All good that we enjoy is by the providence of God: Every good
gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the
Father of lights (James 1:17).
Although God has given man a choice between good and evil, and although
all men choose to sin, God guides the affairs of this world in
such a way that good will prevail. He has promised that all things
work together for good to those who love God, to those who are
the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
As Joseph told his brothers, who had sold him into Egyptian slavery: As
for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good,
in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save
many people alive (Genesis 50:20).
Gods use of their evil action to bring about good does not relieve
them of responsibility for their choice.
They requested forgiveness from Joseph: Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants
of the God of your father (Genesis 50:17). Joseph was willing to forgive
and to leave their final judgment in the hands of God: Do not
be afraid, for am I in the place of God? ... Now therefore,
do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones"
(Genesis 50:19, 21). And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
This is an example of the providence of God in spite of evil.
The very one the evil brothers rejected and sold into slavery, was used
by God to provide for them and their children. This prefigures Gods provision
of salvation through Christ.
After saving us, God also helps us to avoid evil and walk in righteousness:
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but
God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what
you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of
escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God, in His mercy, provides us with all we need to be saved:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and
of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all
things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who
called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us
exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through
lust (2 Peter 1:2-4).
Gods providence does not mean there is nothing for us to do. Peter
continues: But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your
faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance
godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these
things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in
the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things
is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from
his old sins (2 Peter 1:5-9).
God provides all we need to be saved. It will never be Gods
fault that anyone is lost. But notice the word if, if these things
are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful.
Our calling and election leads to ultimate salvation only if we make use
of the spiritual resources God provides. Peter continues with this conclusion: Therefore, brethren,
be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if
you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will
be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10, 11). Notice the word if again, if
you do these things you will never stumble.
Who controls your life? A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9). If things do not work out exactly as you planned, do not worry. God knows what He is doing.
Go ahead and make your plans, but keep in mind that God may
have something completely different in store for you. Come now, you who say,
Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend
a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit; whereas you do
not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we shall live and
do this or that (James 4:13-15).
Like Abraham, let us fully trust in the providence of God. In the
Mount of the LORD it shall be provided (Genesis 22:14).
Prophetically, the Mount of the Lord represents the church of Christ. Isaiah said
of the Messianic reign:
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the L
This was fulfilled in the first century when the church was established and
the gospel went forth from Jerusalem into the whole world.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the
living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the
general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven (Hebrews
In the church of Christ we are provided with all we need to
be saved, and God has promised that if we seek His kingdom and
His righteousness first in our lives, He will provide for all our daily
needs as well (Matthew 6:33).
The LORD will provide (Genesis 22:14).
The Scripture quotations in this article are from
The New King James Version. ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers.
Permission for reference use has been granted.
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