What does it look like for God to provide? How do you imagine God to answer your earnest prayers? What is the time frame for the Almighty to meet your needs? In my life, I’ve discovered the answers to these questions often do not match up with how I’ve prayed for them to be answered. At times I’ve found that it is hard for me to trust God knows best. Sometimes I can believe with full conviction that I have the best solution to a problem; however, God often has something else in store.
There is a scene in the Bible, where Abraham is preparing to worship the Lord. The cost of this worship service seems too high to be real. However, in faithful obedience, Abraham takes his son Issac to the mountain, builds an altar, and readies himself for what he knows is coming next. Issac then proceeds to ask his father where the lamb is for the sacrifice. Abraham tells his son that the Lord will provide, not knowing where, when, and how it would take place. Like many of us, Abraham proceeds by faith into the unknowing, ready to worship, trusting God knows best, even when hope is running out.
As Abraham was about to cross the line of no return, demonstrating his willingness to worship regardless of the cost, God, at that moment, answered the earlier questions of where, when, and how the lamb would come. The story unfolds in Genesis 22:11-14, “The angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me, your son, your only son.’ Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over, took the ram, and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So, Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day, it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord, it will be provided.’ “
The “Place of Provision” was not where, when, and how Abraham or any of us would have liked it to be. However, sometimes God meets us where we least expect it, when it matters most, and how we truly need Him. Indeed, God’s answers often come on the “mountains” of our lives. Though we may be weary from the climb, we will meet the Lord amidst our messes, and He will come through for us on every mountain we face. May we all be willing to trust the Lord and worship as we wait, laying down our greatest needs and prayer requests, yielding our “preference for provision” to His “place of provision.”