“And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns…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 22:13-14
“The LORD will provide.” Our Lord will provide. Even when we can’t see any provision coming. Even when it looks like we’re on our own. God may be testing us, perfecting our faith as we wait on Him, but He will not fail to provide. And He will not be late with it, either.
One detail I love in this passage is that to see the provision of the Lord, Abraham had to lift up his eyes. He listened to the voice of the angel of the Lord, telling him to stay his hand, and then he looked up and saw what God had sent.
There are so many contexts in which to apply the need for God’s provision. Comfort. Guidance. Strength. Food. Money to pay bills and for other necessities. Emotional, spiritual, or physical healing. Simply a word to remind us that we’re not alone, that He’s here, that He’s got this, that He’s bigger than our fears, bigger than our dreams, bigger than anything that opposes us. Whatever need we have, we can look to our God, listen for Him, rely on Him, and He will come through.
And on the days when our faith is failing, when we don’t feel strong enough to fix our eyes on Him, all we need to do is take that first step. Lift your eyes for a moment, obediently call out to Him, and He will meet you there. He will fill you with the strength you don’t have. He will uphold you and keep you. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
He is here. He will provide. Trust Him in this, and He will prove Himself ever-faithful.