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.
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.