And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Oh how many times have I felt like this? Doing your best to follow the Father and sacrifice to the Lord in a particularly tough set of circumstances and it’s like, where is Jesus? He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It’s like when David took food to his brothers, who were with the armies of Israel, facing the Philistines and Goliath. His oldest brother scorned David and belittled him in front of everyone. I know the naughtiness of your heart. You just came down to see the battle. Who did you leave those few sheep with in the wilderness? Not one ounce of gratitude or thankfulness for the food David brought them.
In reality David was there at the command of his father. He brought food to his brothers in the middle of the battle and defeated the enemy and yet was attacked by his own brother.
Issac was on a journey with his father to sacrifice to and worship the Lord and yet there, seemingly, was no lamb. Isaac was fellow-shipping the footsteps of the Lamb of God, who would be the sacrifice for humanity, to deliver us from the penalty of sin.
Although Isaac could not see the lamb for sacrifice, he walked on in trust and obedience to his father. What Isaac could not see was that as he and his father were coming up one side of the mountain, a ram was making its way to the appointed place of sacrifice. At the appointed place and at the appointed time, the ram arrived and was caught in a bush, ready for sacrifice. As the Father had promised, God supplied the necessary sacrifice.
When the LORD has placed you on a certain road in life, our part is to walk in trust and obedience. It is the LORD’s part to supply the necessary sacrifice. Even if we fall among thieves, as it were, we can count on the LORD sending a good Samaritan, at just the right time, to bind up our wounds, carry us to a safe place, and pay the price for us.
Trust and obey, for there is no other way.