The Lord Will Provide
Trial and testing are common to all in God’s Church. God uses these to perfect His people and train us for greater responsibilities in the future. In the midst of trials, it is important that we do not forget the larger picture and that God is our helper. Trials can be very difficult and could cause us to lose heart and fail to finish the race set before us. Paul knew this and exhorted the brethren to continue in the faith because, as he said in in Acts 14:22, “We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God”.
The story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 provides an encouraging example of how God provides in a difficult trial. Abraham realized this and named the place where he had gone to sacrifice Isaac, “The Lord-Will-Provide”. But the meaning of this event applies to all of God’s people, not just Abraham. We can have great confidence that, at times in our lives, God simply provides what we cannot and takes care of our physical needs at the right time and in a manner that is best for us. We may not recognize God’s intervention until after the fact. We should meditate on these times and the manner God used to provide for us during a trial, to remember them, and stand in awe of God’s power. Understanding and believing this will change our thinking and how we view life. It will also strengthen our relationship with our Father in heaven and have confidence in time of trial and testing that “The Lord Will Provide”.