“Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety.
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.
I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.
I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
After reading this passage, I was struck by the promise of His words. Even though the children of God had been rebellious and rejected Him time and time again, the Lord redeemed His people. How and why? He made a provision for them because He loved them.
Think of Abraham’s story. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Abraham went willingly and faithfully to follow the Lord’s command. When Abraham bound his son and raised the knife to kill him, God stopped him. He provided a ram to sacrifice instead; He made a provision.
So why did God test Abraham in this way? Why did God make Abraham experience that pain of preparing to kill his own son?
I believe that up there on that mountaintop and while looking down into Isaac’s eyes, bound on the altar to be sacrificed, Abraham had a taste of the pain of having to give up his very own, beloved son. Yet God in His mercy provided the sacrifice to say, “You see, Abraham, you don’t have to give up your son because I will give up mine.”
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one has access to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Why? Because when you know and believe in your heart that Jesus paid the debt of your sins, He becomes your covering. It’s Jesus’ sacrifice and having Him as your Lord that makes you precious in God’s eyes. You will become one of His children, and He will be your God. He will keep you in His safety. And though He will rebuke you, He will discipline you as a father disciplines his children out of compassion and care for his well-being (Hebrews 12:7-11).
Rejoice today in God’s provision–the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ–so that we may become His children through faith alone given by grace alone. The Lord is faithful and just. With all of His heart and all of His soul, He will rejoice in you as you cling to Him as your loving Father, knowing that in Him, you have everything that you need… and more.
Praise be to God!
Praying your day is filled with SONshine,