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Wisdom for the Week



April 11, 2021

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.  He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.   Genesis 22:13 (NIV)

Here, we see a very powerful illustration of God’s provision.  Abraham was being obedient to the command of God.  He was ready to sacrifice his most priceless possession, his son.  Can you think of a time in your life when it seemed that you were being asked to make a huge sacrifice?  Were you anxious about how it would turn out if you were obedient?  Did you wonder, why am I being asked to give up something so precious, something that I really need in my life?

Trust me, I can relate with many examples. For instance, when I lived in Pennsylvania. I felt a tug of God to move to Virginia. I was so scared to leave my comfort zone. My church family was in PA; a job which I loved and a network of sisters who supported me when my mother died and shortly afterwards my own health crisis. Yet, I obeyed God’s voice. I quit my position and moved to VA without a job. In ten days of my arrival in VA, I had seven (that’s right, seven) job offers.

Abraham’s experience with his son reminds me that God always provides in far greater proportion to whatever I have to sacrifice. He never fails to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I can even imagine.  So, the next time that you are faced with a difficult choice, offer your gift up with the knowledge that God will provide and will not leave you lacking anything.

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, thank you for the promise of provision. Help me to follow Abraham’s example of obedience.   In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Listen:      God Provides” by Tamela Mann
Listen:       “God Will Make a Way” by Don Moen

About the Author
Rev. Dr. Claudette C. Rodney leads Stepping into Destiny LLC, where she uses her professional expertise and spiritual wisdom to help others sustain their emotional well-being and live abundantly even during challenging times.  Originally from Guyana, South America, Dr. Rodney earned a Doctorate in Psychology from Pace University (NYC), and embarked on a thirty-year career in mental health services in hospital and prison settings.  She is based in Virginia.

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