Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vs. 14. "So Abraham called that place “The Lord will
provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall
Once a person approached his Pastor with a special request
for prayer. He wanted the Pastor to pray to God that he may be relieved
from a promise he had made a few years ago. When this young man was
seeking a job, he had asked this Pastor to pray for him. When he got
the job, he approached the Pastor and told him that he would offer to God
10% of his salary. It was not difficult to pay $1,000.00 out of his
salary of $10,000.00 at that time. But now, after a decade, his salary
was $600,000.00, he considered that his tithe was too much and hence he
wanted God to relieve him from his promise. The pastor replied that he
would pray to God to reduce the salary that the young man may be able to
keep his promise. I don't know what happened next.
Abraham had believed God and left his people and his
father's household to go to the land which God had promised to show him.
God had promised to make him a great nation.(Genesis 12:1f).
It was a journey in faith and in obedience. Abraham had his ups and downs
in his faith journey because of the influence of the people he loved
(Sarah, etc.). He succumbed to their plans to get things done when
waiting for the fulfillment of God's promise seemed to take too long. As
we know, that led to rivalry and disharmony at home.
Abraham learned from his past failures and instead of
remaining in misery he moved forward. In today's reading we can see that
Abraham acted immediately, without any hesitation, to obey what God had
asked him to do. He was asked to give back to God what precious gift God
had given him-his only son whom he loved most. Parents can imagine the
feelings Abraham might have had when he traveled to the mountain top
carrying the fire and the knife, with young Isaac carrying the firewood
by his side. Was this innocent child, whom God had given him, his
to nurture only for a few years? The heartbreaking question which
Isaac asked, " The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb
for a burnt offering?"(v.7) Any loving parent would find it hard to
give an answer which Abraham, the 'Father of the faithful' gave,
"God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son"(v.8).
Only a true believer can give such an assuring reply. God provided a lamb
for the sacrifice in that wilderness. Jesus said to Martha, "if you
believe you will see the glory of God" (John 11:40) Abraham did not brood over his failures. He overcame it. He
had no reluctance to do what God had asked him to do, because he knew
that God is a God who keeps promises.
What lesson does today's reading teach us? Let us try
to examine our lives in the light of this passage. Do we really trust in
God? Do we really believe that God will provide for our needs if we rely
on Him? How much have we drifted from our faith journey?
O God, help us to trust You and realize that You are in
control even when the future appears dark. Help us to give sacrificially
and know that real giving involves pain. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God loves a cheerful giver.
Rev. Dr. Philip
Varghese, Program Manager, Sinai Mar Thoma Center