At our house right now, we’re preparing for Rosh Hashanah. We are sorting and clearing away the vestiges of last year and preparing for the new one. As we do that, I keep wondering what all the new year will hold for us. Father is such a good God and His plans are ALWAYS for our best and ALWAYS for His glory. (I don’t know how He does it, but He does.)
This way of thinking has brought Abraham to my mind several times. I think of his climb up Mount Moriah, his long-awaited miracle son by his side, knowing that when he got to the top, that he would have to kill his son. We know from Hebrews 11 that he believed, without a doubt, that God could raise him from the dead, so this trip wasn’t quite as frightening as it might have been – but still!!!
While the contemplation of what lay before him is certainly worthy of meditating, what has held my attention recently is the ram. Where was that ram 2 days before? We don’t read that there were any other flocks of sheep feasting about the mountain, so God had to bring that ram in from somewhere else. Perfectly timed. Perfectly suited – as it couldn’t be just ANY ram – it had to be a first born ram…and a flawless one at that!
Whether Abraham knew it or not, before he ever left the house, God was already sending His provision to the place of obedience. Oh Father, may we make certain that we are always heading toward or resting in that place of obedience, that we too might find the fullness of Your provision – well worked out in advance – ready and waiting for us!