Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.” And he replied, “Here I am, my son.” Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together. Genesis 22:7-8 HCSB
There have been times in my life when I have trusted God to provide for my financial needs. I have been faithful to do what I felt God was calling me to do not knowing how I was going to pay for it or if I would have the money to pay my bills. Many are the occasions when things have been very tight financially, but God has always provided for our needs and we have never gone without. He has blessed us abundantly with unexpected checks in the mail or some other benefit that has taken care of the shortfall in funds.
I know there are some faithful Christians who do struggle financially and it may seem that God is not providing for their needs. I cannot explain why God allows some people to suffer more than others, but I do know that God knows what is best. It may not seem equal or fair, but it is always what is best for each one of His children.
Isaac had a legitimate question asking where the lamb was for the sacrifice. Was Abraham trying to avoid his son’s question or did he really have faith that God would provide the needed sacrifice? We are not sure what Abraham was thinking, but it is obvious that he was confident God would provide what was needed.
Challenge: Try trusting God to provide for your needs (not your wants). Trusting God does not mean not paying your bills and being irresponsible, but perhaps God is calling you to step out on faith and trust Him to take care of a specific need in your life.