Advent Day 7: A God Who Provides

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.”

Genesis 22:14

Abraham and Sarah waited many long years for their son Isaac to be born. Their pain of unmet expectations finally ended when they cuddled their baby boy. They experienced the joy of watching him grow and learn. Then God asked the unthinkable of Abraham- sacrifice your only son Isaac for me.

How could a good God make such a cruel request? How could he meet Abraham and Sarah’s longings and then callously rip it away from them to prove Abraham’s faith? These are questions we often ask. These are questions I myself have asked. But, Abraham, the man who fell over laughing when God told him he would have a son, didn’t even ask God why. He simply obeyed. He obeyed because he walked closely with God and he knew God. He was certain God was not cruel or callous. He was certain God had a purpose for his request. He was certain God would provide a way for Isaac to live. After all, God promised to make a nation out of Isaac’s offspring and God keeps his promises.

Sure enough, God arrived right on time. He saved Isaac and provided a ram for the sacrifice.

We now see the purpose of God’s unique request. He was giving his people a glimpse of the gospel. Like Abraham, he would sacrifice his only Son, the Son he loved. Like Isaac, Jesus would go willingly to die, trusting his father completely. Like the ram, God would provide a sacrifice-the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

God himself experienced the excruciating pain of the cross to provide righteousness for us. It was not the action of a cruel God, but a God who lavishes love, grace, and mercy. When we see the ram we remember that, even when circumstances seem ominous, our God is a God who provides.

I made the ram ornament following the directions at Danielle's Place. However, I used mini popsicle sticks to make a smaller ornament. I made the ram horn with jewelry wire.

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