Provided

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Scripture reading:          Genesis 21-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+21-22&version=NIV

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” and the two of them went on together.                Genesis 22:8.

God will provide. Many times, as I read this account, I place myself into the story and try to imagine how Isaac, or Abraham, or even Sarah must have felt. But what about God. YAHWEH-JIREH: The LORD will provide. In this account, God is quite certainly making it clear that He will provide the sacrifice for Abraham that would look forward to Christ. Of course, as I look back on this account and the account of the cross, I see that I am able to say with Abraham to my son, “God himself will provide the lamb for the offering, my son.” While in this case it was a ram, eventually it would be the Lamb of God, none other than the only beloved Son of God. While a substitute was provided for Abraham, there was not a substitute for our Father in Heaven. Only the sacrifice of His own Son could pay the penalty my sin earned.

And so, I thank God that He is Yahweh-Jireh and that He has provided the sacrifice of His Son to pay the penalty for my sin.

Dear God, thank You for providing the sacrifice for my sin. I do not deserve, nor have I earned this in any way, and yet, You provide. You demonstrate Your love through Your provision. Thank You. Let me never take it for granted and please make me bold to proclaim that Your provision is available for all who believe! Amen.

Offerings

Scripture reading:  Genesis 7-8

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.     Genesis 8:20-21

The sacrifices that Noah offered moved the heart of God. Perhaps it would be better to say that the heart with which Noah offered the sacrifices moved the heart of God. God judges motive. The first thing we are told that Noah did when he left the ark was to build an altar and offer sacrifices to the LORD.

Romans 12:1-2 calls me to be a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is the offering I am called to bring—myself on the altar. It allows me to demonstrate that I trust myself fully to God. I recognize that He is in control. My heart belongs to Him. I give it to Him freely and fully. This is the type of offering I can bring that will move the heart of God. This is true worship. That is why many times, as I contemplate the privilege of bringing this offering, I burst into song of praise to my Rock and my Redeemer. He is exalted, the King is exalted on high. I will praise Him with my offering.

Dear LORD, how I praise you for your unfailing and never-changing love for the creation You have made. Thank you for considering my offerings as a sweet aroma. I pray that You find my heart given over fully to You in my offering of praise. Amen.