Devotional: Abraham – God Will Provide

Mark the beginning of a brand-new month with a devotional, taken from Pastor Michael Ross-Watson’s online series of Daily Devotionals at michaelrosswatson.com

Bible Reading: Genesis 22:7-14Philippians 4:19

Abraham was determined to obey God whatever it cost. He built the altar, placed the wood in order, and then bound his son Isaac, and placed him on the altar. God had not provided a lamb as a substitute for Isaac and so Abram took the knife to slay his son. This raises a question – how far are we prepared to go in obedience to God? At the last moment God stepped in and provided a substitute [verse 13]. So often, when it is a matter of obedience and faith, it is at the last moment that God provides. One of the hardest things for us is to wait for God and still believe even though it is the last minute.

Abraham called the name of the place where God provided “Jehovah Jireh” which directly translated means “The Lord will provide”. It is an interesting parallel between the ram offered on the altar as a substitute for Isaac and Christ offered on the cross as a substitute for us. Whereas God stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son, God did not spare His Son, Jesus, from dying on the cross. God provided both a substitute for Isaac and a substitute for us.

There is a tremendous significance for us today in God’s provision for Abraham at Mount Moriah. The text reads, “And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided’” [verse14]. “To this day” means that beyond the time of Abraham God still provides on the mountain. We know that Jerusalem was built on Mount Moriah – “Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah” [2 Chronicles 3:1]. Mount Moriah rises to a plateau on which the temple was built, but then continues to rise to its peak, north of Jerusalem, outside the city wall. The peak of Mount Moriah is shaped like a skull and known as Golgotha – it was where Jesus was crucified.

There has been a tendency to think that Jehovah Jireh relates primarily to God’s provision of finance, but that is only a small part of it’s meaning. God provided everything that we need today at Mount Moriah, known to us as Calvary where Jesus was crucified. At the cross where Jesus died there is forgiveness, cleansing, redemption, healing, peace, and every other form of God’s provision for us. The God who provided for Abraham still provides for us today and at the very same place. No wonder Paul said to the Corinthians, “I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” [1 Corinthians 2:2].

Questions:

  1. If you have been praying about a specific need, hang in there and don’t give up. Why do you think it is that God so often seems to provide for us at the very last moment?
  2. What is your need today? Read Philippians 4:19 and note the word “all”. Will you acknowledge today that every need you have has been paid for at the cross, and then come in humility and ask God to meet your need?

WHAT'S ON IN COOS

Events on March 29, 2019

7:30 pm: No P& P in COOS this month.

Please be encouraged to attend the regional prayer meeting at St Andrew’s Cathedral , as a lead-up to Celebration of Hope in May.
Location: St. Andrew's Cathedral, 11 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178959
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7:30 pm: Alpha Run Cycle 1

Alpha Cycle One runs for a total of 8 sessions until 5 April 2019.
Location: Rm 308 COOS
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Events on March 30, 2019

8:00 am: Leathercraft Workshop

Details Description: - Leather craft is practice of transforming leather into craft items. Using appropriate tools and skills, one can produce small personalised leather items that can be a joy to keep and use for a long time.
This workshop is on very basic leather crafting skills and NOT suitable for people who already have some experience. You must be 13 years old and above to qualify due to the handling of sharp tools in the class. Limited capacity so sign up at the admin counter now.
Location: COOS Room 306
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9:00 am: Baptism & Confirmation Course (Cycle 1)

Location: Room 217A
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9:30 am: Creeds n Heresies (Session 4 of 4)

Creeds and Heresies: The Church Contending for the Faith. Registration: closed.
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 308
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2:30 pm: COOS Migrant Workers Ministry

Details Description: - LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR COOS MIGRANT WORKERS MINISTRY.

We are in need of more laptops for our ongoing computer classes.
These laptops should possess a minimum specs of i3 series processor
with Microsoft Windows 7 or above.

To donate, please email enjir07@hotmail.com or contact Kathryn at 97319681 (hdp).
Location: Announcement over Pulpit/PPT/WH
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2:30 pm: English Service [Girls' Brigade Enrolment] : Pastor Andrew Leong Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:30 pm: Youth Service

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on March 31, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Ps Andrew Leong Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service [Boys' Brigade Enrolment] : Pastor Andrew Leong Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Saturday | 4.30pm
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