Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 13th November 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: I will provide for you
Texts: Gen 22: 1-14
Memory Verse: Genesis 22:8 – “Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together”. (NIV)
God has promised in His word to provide for us. The basis of His provision can be seen first, in man’s salvation plan. The greatest need of every man is salvation from sin and reconciliation to His Creator. God saw this need and sent his one and only son to die and reconcile man to God and in the process provided for this greatest need. If God could meet this ultimate need at a great cost to him, it means that all other sub-needs of man are nothing for him as stated in Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
We can clearly see God’s provision demonstrated by the encounter Abraham had with God in our text. The main trust of the story is Abraham learning to “trust” God for provision through faith and obedience. His obedience resulted in provision. Indeed, the quality of our spiritual life is determined by our attitude toward being obedient to God. God wanted to test Abraham if he is willing to let go of even what mattered most to him. It is the story of a God who loved Abraham, and wanted him to believe that He has the ability to “cause the sun to rise—even though the night might be terribly dark”. It demonstrates God as one who stood ready to reward Abraham’s obedience. Another angle to the story is that it show a God who wanted the sacrifice, not of Abraham’s son, but of Abraham’s heart. As the Psalmist would later say: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). God never wanted Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, but he was delighted that Abraham trusted God, even when he thought that he must sacrifice Isaac. God desires that we have such trusting relationships as Abraham had with Him. His provision will always come through for us.
Understanding his promise to provide results in living an anxiety-free life, especially in this turbulent time in the life of our nation. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” “All these things” include all the practical needs of this present world and Jesus tells us that we don’t have to worry about them because we have a sovereign Father in heaven who cares and provides for us. Just look at the birds, he explains, and the lilies of the field. Birds have food to eat because God provides for them — “he gives to the beasts their food and to the ravens that cry” Psalm 147:9. The lilies are dressed more beautifully than even King Solomon because God clothes them. We can trust that promise of His- “I will provide”
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
- Discuss how the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22: 1-14 illustrates the salvation that God later provided for the world in the death of His Son, Jesus Christ?
- Do you agree that the greatest need of man is salvation and more of God? If yes, how can we avoid belittling this need, but make it our priority in the mist of “other needs”? James 1:17; Matthew 6:33
- Abraham demonstrated that obedience is key to receiving God’s provision. Discuss how we can develop an attitude of obedience. Hebrews 11: 17-19, Philippians 2: 5-11;
- God does not always provide in ways we might expect in this life. How can we know that he still provides in such circumstances? Isaiah 55:8-9; Job 13:15
- Let 2 or 3 members of the group share practical testimonies of God’s provision at a time of need.