August 25, 1999

"Where is the lamb?"
bluebullGenesis 22:7
___You would not begin working a puzzle if you knew one or more of the pieces were onlineonlymissing. You would not purchase an appliance or an automobile if the salesperson told you some of the pieces were missing. At times, we are faced with circumstances in our lives where it seems that some of the vital information is missing. This is where our faith is tested.
___Genesis 22 records the account of Abraham and Isaac headed up Mount Moriah to offer a burnt offering. While onquestions the way, Isaac spoke up and said to his father, Abraham: "Father? The fire and wood are here, but
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where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
___Isaac realized one of the needed elements for the sacrifice was missing.
___Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." Did you notice Abraham's faith? Abraham knew what God had told him to do, but he believed that God would provide the needed sacrifice.
___We tend to want all the answers before being obedient to God's leading. Obedience is required of us even when we do not understand everything or have all of the answers. If everything we do can be verified, then we don't need faith! E.W. Kenyon said: "Faith will lead you where you cannot walk. Reason has never been a mountain climber."
___Abraham and Isaac reached the top of the mountain before they received the provision of the lamb. God asks us to step out and trust him before the provision is given. A good example is tithing. Instead of trusting the Lord, many wait until all bills are paid for the month before giving. God tells us to honor him with the firstfruits, and he will "provide" our needs.
___We sometimes wonder where God's provision is in our trying circumstances. F.B. Meyer stated, "Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances." We do not know the future, but our faith tells us that "God will provide the lamb."
___Leslie Weatherhead used a limerick to illustrate God's providence. The limerick went like this:

___ There was a young lady from Ryde
___ Who was carried away by the tide.
___ A man-eating shark
___ Was heard to remark
___ "I knew that the Lord would provide."

___In some churches, the tendency is that God's provision can only come through the budget. They do not step out on faith because the budget will not allow it. They are like the rich man who was so proud of his beautiful lawn.
___"I had these trees moved right here to my lawn," he boasted, "I had them set up in perfect geometrical pattern this way."
___"My, my," murmured the pastor. "It just goes to show you what wonders God could perform if only he had the money!"
___Paul's words are very encouraging to the Philippians in 4:19, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
___After all, he is the Lamb.

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