When I think of Abraham, I think of his willingness to sacrifice Isaac. I think of in Romans when Paul talks about how Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Just recently I started one of those “Read the Bible in a Year” plans and I’m working my way through Genesis.
Genesis 21:33 “…and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.”
Abraham, throughout all of Genesis, repeatedly calls on the Lord. In times of trial, Abraham called on the Lord. In times of great provision, Abraham called on the Lord. He never stopped calling on the Lord. In times of waiting, Abraham called on the Lord.
I don’t know about you, but there are seasons that I have a difficult time calling on the Lord. And if I’m being completely honest, seasons of waiting are one of the more difficult ones. I expect that if God’s called me out into something, he will give me some big movie moment where it all comes together and I can sit back and say “Wow, this ALL makes sense now and everything is better than what it was before!!” But that’s not even what happened with Abraham, a man of incredible faith. Abraham didn’t live to see his descendants become as numerous as the sand on the shore or the stars in the sky. And even within God’s promise to him He also tells him that his people will be slaves for 400 years. 400 years- talk about a season of waiting! So if we are constantly looking for this big movie moment, we’re going to miss out on seeing the incredible, personal ways that God provides in ANY season.
In Genesis 23 Sarah, Abraham’s wife and Isaac’s mother, dies in a foreign land. The people in that land become more than willing to provide any tomb for Abraham that he wants. They offer him whatever he needs and speak to him with reverence and honor. Then in Genesis 24, Abraham sends his slave back to his home country to find a wife for Isaac. The slave calls on the Lord to provide a woman who is willing and fit to come back and be taken as Isaac’s wife. Long story short, the Lord answers the slave’s prayer to a tee in Rebekah. Now check out the final verses in the chapter-
Genesis 24:66-67 “Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.”
Look at how personal this is. Look at how the Lord comforted Isaac in mourning the loss of his mother. Think about this. This man just lost his mother and now he is able to marry a beautiful woman, picked out by the Lord, in his mother’s tent. And he was comforted in the loss of his mother. You hear those stories about when someone proposes with the ring that belonged to their mother who they had lost when they were younger. Or maybe someone wearing their late mother’s dress in order to honor them at the wedding. Wow, look at the story that God wrote for Isaac. The Lord does not miss out on being faithful in the details. The Lord cares about comforting his people and walking with them day by day, not just in the movie moments but in the details of this life. And isn’t that even better? I mean if we only ever saw God’s faithfulness in big movie moments, we would probably only see him a few times. But how much we should rejoice in the fact that our God is the God who reveals himself to us in such detailed, personal ways in every season- seemingly big or small.
If you’re waiting, wait in the hope of Jesus. Wait with hopeful strength, knowing that the victory has already been won and the the empty tomb means that our Savior is alive in us each and every day, working all things for our good and His glory. Wait knowing that each detail is on purpose. Wait knowing that each prayer you pray in his name and each heartbreak you face is heard and seen in the eyes of a God who willingly gave himself for you. Rest and wait on that hope- God is sovereign, God is good, and God has already given himself for you.
So if you’re in a season of waiting, where you just feel like days are passing by and nothing is happening- I pray that the eyes of your heart would be opened to see the comforts that the Lord is providing everyday. I pray that you would focus in on the details and that the Lord would reveal to you the love he has poured into your every step. I pray that the Gospel would be in your view every day, reminding you of the provision that is now yours in Jesus Christ in every moment.
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”