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Jehovah Jireh (1)

Hearing God speak to you, whether by dream or any other means can be very exciting especially when you are convinced that your relationship with Him has been without sin.  In Genesis 22, God called Abraham, and he was quick to respond, “Here I am.”  When God began to speak after Abraham responded, I personally think that Abraham must have wondered in annoyance what God was up to.  God was so emphatic and precise about what He wanted Abraham to do and that must have unsettled Abraham: “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
Sometimes God whose ways are certain does use uncertainty to bring all things to work together for our good in line with His eternal purpose.  In the midst of our uncertainty God and His ways remain certain.  God did not give the full detail of what Abraham would pass through when he called him. When God called Abraham, he did not disclose this aspect of sacrificing Isaac. Even though He had revealed to him he would be a great nation and that his descendants shall go to Egypt, not every detail of his life was revealed.  He had to allow God to unfold his life for him.  His future was certain but what each day that would lead to that future will bring was uncertain.
We too, face uncertain situations like Abraham.  We all received the New Year prophetically with vigorous hope of great and wonderful things to come.  As we go into the New Year, tragedies begin to unfold, disappointments, deaths, economic downturn and wanton killings seem to threaten the certainty of what God has promised He would do for us.
Our future as God’s children and followers of Jesus Christ is certain.  This certain future is our eternal destiny in Christ after death.  We know very well that we all as Christians will one day die, we believe there will be life after death, and there will be a resurrection and rapture of those who believe in Christ, these things are certain. There is a Kingdom and a citizenship for sure! The Scripture makes this clear and this future is part of the strong themes of the Bible and our faith.     There is one thing however, that will continue to unsettle us and that is, what will tomorrow bring?  What are the events that would lead to our end and the end?
The way and manner Abraham handled his moment of uncertainty can become a spring board for us especially in this austere time. Abraham focused on what God was saying to Him and not the riotous thoughts in his heart.  The Bible said “Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. If Abraham had focused on what his mind was telling him, he would have told Sarah of the mission to sacrifice Isaac and that would have scuttled the entire mission. Sarah would have probably smuggled Isaac overnight to Syria because to her,  it was the weirdest thing God could do and who knows if Abraham had been smoking weed!  From the way Abraham acted in response to God, how can we handle life threatening situations, especially the threat of marauding Fulani militia?

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