Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wonderful Word Wednesday – Yahweh Yireh


“Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

10Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

12He said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."   Genesis 22:9-12


Reflect On:        Genesis 22:9-12

Praise God:         Because He is highly exalted, glorious beyond our understanding.

Offer Thanks:      That God has pursued a relationship with you.

Confess:               Your tendency to shrink back when God asks something difficult.

Ask God:              For the grace to make the necessary sacrifice.

I’m going to share directly from the book today.  I could NOT say any of this better and believe it is something many struggle with and stumbles those who yet know God personally and the truth.

This passage captures one of the most dramatic moments in the entire Bible.  It’s a scene filled with tension.  A man about to slay his son, not as an act of cruelty or rage but out of homage to his God.  The story shocks and bewilders.  What kind of God would ask a man to do this?  What kind of man would obey?

The question betray our ignorance.  Seeing the story through human eyes, we miss the point and fail to see what it means to be God and what it means to be human.

Why would God ask for such a sacrifice?  Because He knows there is NO other way for us to learn that He is God.  When we put something on the altar, sacrificing it to Him, we acknowledge two things:   that He is God, and that we are NOT God.  This is the worship we need to offer, the worship that will allow us to experience His provision for our lives.

Each of us will be faced with Abraham’s dilemma, perhaps many times in our lives.  In our case, it won’t be a matter of physically placing a child on an altar, but it may mean placing a child in God’s hands, forswearing our tendency to be a little god to that child, trying to control the universe and to keep her safe.  If not a child, then something else – a relationship, a career, a gift, a dream.  Whatever it is, if we offer it to God as Yahweh Yireh, the Lord who provides everything we need.

Pray for the grace today to surrender your life again to God.  Open your hands as you kneel before Him as a symbol of your willingness to give Him whatever He ask and to receive whatever you need.


Some verses that are ministering to my heart this morning as I seek to trust and obey Him today:



Something that I have been pondering for a while because of my husband’s teachings is to NOT despise the provision of the LORD – no matter what they are because all that He gives us is for our good and His glory.  He knows, He sees, He understands and He will provide for us perfectly!


Psalm 37:34 says:  “Don’t be impatient for the LORD to act!  Travel steadily along His path!”


The door has been opened to all!  There is ONE way there!   It is through the gift of salvation by the blood paid for your life!   Through One man!  The Son of God!  Stairway2FreedomL 

His name is


Do you know Him?  Have you accepted the truth, the way and the life?

I pray you will allow God to provide you with all the answers, His peace, joy, hope and most amazing gift ever - His never ending or changing LOVE!

What in your life needs to be laid down at the foot of the cross?  What is holding you back from seeing God’s glory in your life today? 

What have you put before God?

Whatever it is – there is grace and forgiveness, healing and mercy waiting for you!

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