When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place,“The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Who is king of your heart today? This test that God gave to Abraham demolished any possible idol that had seeped into the deep recesses of his being. This test screamed at Abraham and caused him to choose – my son or my God! Abraham chose wisely. With faith and faithfulness he chose the Lord … Jehovah-jireh, “The Lord will provide.”
As Abraham reached up to make the deadly descent that would strike and kill his beloved son, the Lord reached down and made His provision. Do you see the beauty of such love? And He did the same for us. He reached down from Heaven and placed a beautiful baby in a manger for you and me. A baby who would later experience the painful striking blows of nails, and whips, and swords. From a cradle to a cross, God’s provision, rich in love and abundant in grace came down from heaven and crushed our sin. He had no one on His mind but you and me when He endured that shame and guilt. Nothing crowded us out of His heart.
What is crowding Jehovah out of your heart and mind this season? Will you make Jesus King of your heart and allow nothing to reign supreme in your life but Him?
Jehovah, great and mighty King, Lord and Master of all, thank You for Your love, grace, and mercy. Thank You for reaching down from Heaven and providing for my needs. My heart’s desire is for You to be my everything, my all-consuming passion. Don’t allow me to take my focus off of You this season. Presents, people, and projects should be secondary to You. Help me make You my priority each day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Adoring You today, Jesus…