God Will Provide for Immigrants

At that moment the angel of the Lord called to [Abraham] from heaven, … “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” —Génesis 22:11-14, NLT

Abraham, the itinerant immigrant who set out to follow the promise of God, confronted the most horrible trial of his life when he had to choose between the Promise of God and the God of the Promise.  Would he cling to the son he had or obey the God who had miraculously provided the son?  He chose to obey God and climb the mountain to sacrifice his son.  At the last moment, God did not permit it.  It was never God’s intention that Abraham would complete such an act; rather, the event served as a prophetic announcement that God would provide a perfect sacrifice for humanity—the very Son of God in the person of Jesus Christ.

 The Apostle Paul put it clearly:  “Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32).  In another place he declares, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).  John 3:16 repeats the same message, saying “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life..»  Paul concludes that “this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:19).

Many times we don’t understand the trials we go through.  Abraham never understood the final significance of God’s provision in the event we have examined, but he caught a principle very clearly that remains pertinent to every immigrant of God—when we continue to obey God’s call and promise, God, will provide all of our needs.  Such a promise is not only for Abraham, but for all who put their faith in Christ:  “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:3-4).



Acerca de Joseph Castleberry

A missionary to Latin America for 20 years, I currently serve as president of Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. I am the author of Your Deepest Dream (NavPress, 2012); The Kingdom Net: Learning to Network Like Jesus (Influence Resources, 2013), and The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America's Faith and Values.
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