Stepping Into Your Destiny
Hey readers and bloggers! It’s been a really long while since I've updated my blog! Once again, the apologies for the lateness and I’ll try to update my blog as often as I can. For a random note to begin with, I've recently commenced work at a place called St Games, a video game arcade and I’m really extremely thankful for the favour God has bestowed upon my life! God’s really good – He sure is! And it’s my prayer that every single one of you will be able to experience the same God kind of favour that I've experience in your spheres of influence – be it your workplace, school or even back at home!
It’s actually about 3am in the morning here in Singapore. For those that may be wondering why I’m posting this at such an ungodly hour, it’s due to my intense sleep back in the day now, resulting in me not being able to sleep now, coupled with the fact that I've been having some deep thoughts going through my mind currently. For this post, my initial thoughts was to share what God impactfully spoke to me about a few weeks ago, since it has left me overwhelmed about His great love ever since. But I think this post will take a slight turn – I felt led to share what God spoke to me during my devotions from the past afternoon till now, and I hope in some way or another, God will encourage you through this. So here goes.
For some special reason, I felt the Spirit’s prompting to read Genesis 22 today. The heading of the chapter states, “Abraham’s faith tested”. I've heard Pastors and leaders shared with regards to this passage many times, but I think this chapter has become quite impactful to me because I could totally relate to what Abraham was going through at that instant. I was thinking about my own life and certain situations that I've been sourcing out answers for – what God’s will is for me, what will be the next step - and when there are no answers to the next step, there's where uncertainty creeps and draws in deep.
Abraham was in a position of uncertainty when he brought Isaac to be sacrificed on one of the mountains of Mt Moriah. I was wondering how he would have felt - butterflies in his stomach, voices telling him to back out, feeling to rebuke the voice which told him to sacrifice his son in case the voice wasn't God's, etc. Abraham is as human as we are. I really think that the OT should describe his feelings then - I'll feel even more relatable about this (Ok just kidding here haha :p)
Here are just some notes I took away with regards to this chapter today:
1) Abraham didn't allow uncertainty to waver his faith in God
Despite the uncertainty, he spoke forth prophetically that “We [he and Isaac] will come back (v 5)” and “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering (v 8).” I believe, likewise for us, there is power speaking prophetically in situations we are uncertain about, falling back into the promises of God.
2) Abraham did not need to worry about the provision; he just needed to obey
I was thinking how the ram actually got up to the mountain. Because I was researching a little about rams, and I realised that rams don't climb mountains - this really proves that God did provide the sacrifice for Abraham.
If Abraham didn't obey the Lord, he wouldn't have reached to the point of his destiny - to be “the father of many nations.” There was no point in worrying about the provision - Abraham eyes were set upon the destiny that God has for his life – and he was certain about it. This made me thought about if I am really sure of what the Lord has called me for – knowing that it’s a yes, the lack of provisions shouldn't hold me back in fulfilling the destiny God has for me – I just needed to obey.
3) The road to the mountain
Because of the ram that God provided for Abraham, he 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.” - v 14.
One of God’s name as Jehovah Jireh became so close to my heart when I read Abraham’s story. I knew God was promising me that, in any God will paths that I take, I may not visibly see any provision, or even be pointed to the road of uncertainty, but one thing I’m sure about is that the Lord will surely provide for me – the question is if I’m willing to take on the road to that mountain.
4) Abraham and Isaac in contrast to God and Jesus
I read this chapter a second time (I love how I can get different revelations out of this whole passage – just points to the fact that the Word really speaks!) and the point of focus this time was brought to Isaac. I was reading about how he actually had to carry his own wood for the burnt offering, and my mind was spontaneously led to think about Jesus carrying His own Cross. I thought that there was some parallel contrast between the 2 stories that I could point to:
Both mothers of the sons are in situations where it’s humanly thought to be impossible to give birth.
Both sons are mature enough – they could run away from the sacrificial scene.
Both fathers did not withhold their one and only begotten son.
Both sons were obedient unto death.
As much as Abraham’s faith was really strong in God, I really do believe that Isaac’s faith is strong too - he had the same cry as Jesus had towards the Father, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” In the end, God provided a sacrifice to save Isaac, and that action was a foreshadowing of the provision of His Son for the salvation of the world.
I began to appreciate more about the Father’s thoughts and love in sacrificing Jesus as the Lamb for our sins when I contrasted to Abraham’s story. I’m really thankful being a descendant of Abraham, and it’s my prayer that all of us will begin to appreciate, understand and honour the call of having been called as children of God, children of promise and children of destiny. And also, don’t be afraid of uncertainty and just trust in a big Daddy God that is holding your hand (This is speaking so deep into me – I really need this mann thank God!). God bless you and have a great weekend ahead! :D
Galatians 3:28-29 - There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Linking with Charlotte on Spiritual Sunday!)