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God Will Provide
by Fred Pruitt

My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering (Genesis 22:8)

What has so powerfully overwhelmed me is the word "HIMSELF."

Let's not forget the Lamb IS GOD. God to the rescue out of the utter weakness and vulnerability and willingness-to-be-killed of a little helpless lamb.

And let's not forget that we are not separate from our Father, Who sends us as lambs to the slaughter.

Yet not we, but He.

But being sent like a lamb to the slaughter feels like separation. Feels like divine abandonment (not the good kind). The sense of having been abandoned by God.

But we nevertheless walk on. The word of faith we have heard and spoken inwardly energizes us and propels us onward to an unseen impossible goal. To live.

At the last minute no separate lamb appears. GOD HIMSELF is the Lamb who comes out of nowhere and TAKES DEATH UNTO HIMSELF. In apparent separation (in our minds) we think we are going down to die, and hope is like a wispy dream, but at the last minute ANOTHER comes to take the death.

GOD will provide HIMSELF -- as a lamb.

And the risen Son who is ourselves will be the seed that blesses all nations.

God has only provided ONE thing in the universe: Himself. He is the Source out of which everything not only appears, but is held up as a Living Reality moment by moment.

Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth I desire beside thee. My heart and my flesh faileth, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. (Ps 73:25,26)

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to GIVE you the kingdom. (Luke 12:33)