"Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. ... 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." - Genesis 22:13-14
Godly wisdom counseled me this week "Loosen your hold to this world dear friend and grab onto the hem of His garment." My heart's cry, to be close enough to my Lord to simply reach out in faith and grab His cloak, to know Him that intimately.
Embarking on a new study, I began to dig deeply into the wealth of treasure hidden in His names. God led me to study Yahweh Yireh - The Lord Will Provide. My faith will never be the same.
Many of us know this name, we use it, we quote it, but my heart did not have a tight grip on this promise. As I delved deeper into the character and nature of my God, my faith bubbled over and His name washed away my doubts.
Abraham walked to sacrifice his son, the fulfillment of a promise God made to him. His faith astounds me. His obedience overwhelms me. His God amazes me. Because Yahweh Yireh provided, as all hope was laid on the altar.
In a sense, I am on that same path, sacrificing my life of ministry on the mission field, a fulfillment of God's promise to my life. Walking down the path to my mountain, I will board a plane to a new mission field, my hometown.
I serve the same Yahweh Yireh. Why would God ask for such a sacrifice? As we place something dear to our hearts on the altar, sacrificing it to Him, we acknowledge that He is God and we are not. In this act of worship and surrender, we experience His provision for our lives as Yahweh Yireh.
I have called out to Him. He has answered, asking me to lay down my dreams, all of His promises fulfilled in my life here in Costa Rica. To surrender them and place them on His altar.
I have grabbed his cloak, knowing He alone is my Yahweh Yireh and I'm expecting with joyful childlike faith the ram of His provision.