January 9, 2017
Where is Your Allegiance?
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." Genesis 22:13-14
God's instruction was unimaginable. The son born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age, the only hope of God's promise to make Abraham into a great nation, the dearly loved son was to be put to death as a sacrifice. The request was out of character and seemed out of bounds. But Abraham obeyed without hesitation.
God's desire, however, was not for Isaac to die. He wanted Abraham to die ... to self. God wanted to make sure that Abraham's total allegiance was to Him. Seeing Abraham's willingness to obey the unthinkable test, God showed him what had been there all along ... a ram caught in the thicket. Abraham sacrificed God's provision instead of his son. He called the place Jehovah-Jireh, meaning "The Lord Will Provide."
Is there anything that has stolen your heart away from God? A relationship? Job? Hobby? Dream? Child? Spouse? Money? Even good things can become an idol. But no one or no thing can stand between you and God. God will not put you through the same test He required of Abraham, but He wants your total allegiance just the same. Put Him first and He will provide everything you need. Remember, His name is Jehovah-Jireh.
Father, thank You for being my Jehovah-Jireh. I want to depend on You to provide all I need. Show me what has stolen my heart away from You, and give me the courage to take the action to place You on the throne. In Jesus' name. Amen.