My son's birthday was this past week...that is, my son who is in heaven...who would have been 42 years old on this birthday. He was here with us last year for his 41st birthday...Click HERE for more about that time together ...and then three very short months later, he was ushered into the presence of the Lord...Click HERE for that story.
|A "selfie"...me with my grandson.|
This morning I was reading in our devotions the story of Abraham and Isaac, in Genesis 22:1-24. I'm sure you are familiar with this passage...you know the one...where God asks Abraham to "take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering..." (verse 2). I always found this story to be rather difficult to comprehend...how God could ask a man to sacrifice his ONLY son...and Abraham obeyed God without question. Thankfully, once God saw that Abraham was obedient to the very point of lifting the knife to slay his son (verse 10), He stopped the whole proceedings and told Abraham not to lay his hand on the lad (verse 11)...and then God provided a substitute sacrifice...a ram caught in the thicket. (verse 13). Read on to verse 14, where Abraham "called the name of the place "Jehovah Jireh"..meaning 'The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, 'In the mount of the Lord it shall be provided."
God goes on to tell Abraham in the subsequent verses that "because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son...blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies." Then the next few verses list the names of the descendants of Abraham's family...and we know the rest of history.
This touched my heart today because in a very small way I can relate to Abraham in this story. No, I was not ordered to sacrifice my own son in the way that Abraham was commanded. However, we did experience some severe testings of our faith where this child was concerned. Click HERE for more about that. And yes, there were many times that I wondered in my heart exactly what God was doing...but He never failed us. He always proved Himself to be "Jehovah Jireh", The Lord Will Provide.
And now? Our life is going on. We have truly suffered a tremendous loss with the death of our son...but God has not left us without hope or comfort. Through the gift of our grandson, I can almost hear God saying to us as He said to Abraham..."blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven..." No, I don't expect our grandson to be the father of a great nation...but he is a gift to us from the Lord...and we are most thankful.
Why am I sharing this with you today? Perhaps you have also suffered a great loss...and possibly you are feeling bereft of hope and comfort. Your situation may be different than mine...but I do know one thing..."Jehovah Jireh"...The Lord will provide. He knows your need. The void in your heart may be even deeper and harder to fathom...but don't give up. God WILL provide.
Psalm 116 is an expression of gratitude from one who was redeemed...