The Promised Child

Ericka Loynes

Read: Genesis 22:11-18

In your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed . . . (v. 18)

George Muller was a man of great faith. He built an orphanage in Bristol, England, and decided to trust God for every detail, from furniture to dishes, to food and clothing, to the orphans themselves. Even when there was no food in sight, Muller instructed his staff to set the table for the children. Each time God rewarded Muller’s faithfulness by providing the food just in time. Though his faith was tested, Muller grew stronger in his faith. Regardless of his circumstances, Muller knew God would always provide.

In Genesis 22, God tests Abraham’s faith again. This time God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. This request doesn’t make sense if Isaac is indeed the heir whom God will use to bless all the nations. But Abraham keeps moving forward and believing that, even if Isaac is the sacrifice, God has the power to provide and keep his promise. Abraham’s faithfulness pleases God, and God sends a substitute sacrifice in Isaac’s place.

For Christians, believing doesn’t always come from seeing. Oftentimes, we must believe what God says before we see what he does. But we can take comfort in his word while we wait and cast all our cares on him (1 Peter 5:7). We do not need to feel overwhelmed (Matt. 11:30). He is our Good Shepherd. We will not lack anything (Psalm 23). He promises to provide for all of our needs (Matt. 6:25-33; Phil. 4:19). —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, praise God for his provision.