God, Our Provider
The Bible is full of many different names for God. Each of these names reveals an aspect of God’s character, His DNA. Many of these names are found in the Old Testament and point to the fulfillment of His promises, through the life of Jesus, in the New Testament.
El Shaddai means The All Sufficient One. He is the source of all our blessings. He is all powerful and is able to make good on His promises in due time. He supports us and provides for us. He is our God who is enough!
This particular characteristic of God can be vividly seen in Abraham’s story.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. (NKJV)
I would encourage you to read Abraham’s entire story in Genesis sometime, but here in this verse, we see in the beginning God asking Abraham to go beyond his “regular, everyday” faith walk by walking before God and trusting Him completely. What Abraham did not know (what none of us know entirely) is the future plans that God had for him. Abraham did not know that God would ask him to sacrifice his son before God – the same son that God had just blessed him with.
Think about that, God has asked Abraham to sacrifice his most precious blessing, his son, Isaac. So what does Abraham do? He obeys God without having a clear understanding of why God had asked him to sacrifice his son because Abraham had complete trust and faith in God and knew that his God would provide — and He did. Just as Abraham had traveled up the mountain to do just as God commanded, God sent His Angel to stop Abraham and provide a way to save Abraham’s son and take his place.
Often, we do not get to see the end result of our actions – we do not see the blessing and provision that God will supply if we were to listen. God did His part because Abraham relied on His faith and walked in obedience first!
In Genesis 22, we see that Abraham did several things before God provided.
- Abraham followed God’s instructions.
- Abraham was willing to sacrifice his most precious possession, his son.
- Abraham acted immediately, setting out the next morning.
- Abraham responded when God intervened. God provided the ram after Isaac is laid on the altar.
- Abraham didn’t make excuses. The task was not too big or too difficult for him, even though God had asked him to sacrifice his son.
- Abraham followed through! He did not waver, even until that last minute when the angel of the Lord calls out to him. (Genesis 22:11).
- God has witnessed the depth of Abraham’s faith and provides a ram.
God’s desire is to meet our needs. He sent His son, Jesus, to be the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could be restored and our needs could be met.
Just as God saw Abraham’s needs, God still sees our needs! God still provides, but we must walk in obedience just as Abraham did. Following Abraham’s example, we need to learn and do a few things:
- We need to lay it all down, even what is most precious.
- We must act immediately on what God commands.
- We need to be committed completely, no excuses.
Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
Do not short-change your life by refusing God’s guidance and commands simply because you cannot see the ‘end game’. Jump all in with your faith in God – hold nothing back – and you will watch your life come alive.
Christ-centered for life,