The GREATEST BLESSING in life we can ever have – is a close, personal relationship with our Lord. These are the days, when life is at its absolute hardest, that we live out our faith and draw closer to God. Now is the time, when others will see, our faith in action.
I am reminded of the story of Abraham on what surely had to be the darkest day in his life. God told Abraham to take his son – his only son, whom he loved – Isaac, to Mount Moriah and to sacrifice him as a burnt offering. I cannot begin to imagine how Abraham’s heart ached, and yet despite being told to do the unthinkable, he walked in obedience.
God’s word goes on to tell us that after he bound his son, laid him on the altar, and pulled out the knife to slay him… God tells him to stop. And then, Abraham looks up and sees the ram caught by his horns that the Lord has provided for the sacrifice instead of Abraham’s son, Isaac. I can almost feel the overwhelming relief, perhaps to the point of giddiness, that must have exploded throughout Abraham’s heart, mind, and body. But although the story ends well, I cannot forget – He trusted God, He was going to obey, even if it cost him everything.
James 2:22 – 24 (NIV) says, “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”
Faith and actions must go together.
Today ladies, we do the unthinkable. In the midst of our deepest pain and suffering, we worship our Lord.
We know Him. He is our provider.
He is our strength.
He is with us, so we are never alone.
He cares for us, so we are never forgotten.
In exchange, we tell His story, as it unfolds in our lives.
We praise Him.
We sacrifice what once was, what our heart wants to cling to, and
We follow Him.
We glorify Him with our faith and our actions.
Like Abraham, we obey even when our heart is breaking. Like Abraham, our faith will be made complete as we walk in obedience. Just as He provided the ram that day for the sacrifice, He also provided His son Jesus, as the sacrifice for us, our sins, so that we could know Him and have a relationship with Him. He has, and always will, provide ALL that we need.
Please join us in worshiping Him today. He is and always will be – Jehovah Jireh.