“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Sometimes we have deadlines and expected and anticipated events that are coming in the not to distant future. When this happens we have opportunity to plan and prepare for such events. An athlete may train specifically for the team that will be played that week. A student can study for the term exam coming up.
This becomes altogether a different scenario when unexpected events in life arise. When opportunities come that no one could have predicted, and the person must be prepared for such an occasion without forewarning. It is in these moments that individuals shine or collapse, rise to the occasion or disintegrate under the pressure.
What could prepare us for such unexpected occasions? Well, our past endeavors to do our best, follow the Lord, and not cut corners can often prepare us for just such a prospect as these.
In our text, we find Abraham being faced with an almost unfathomable task. He is asked to sacrifice his only son; a son the Bible tells us he loved very dearly. He not only had to kill him, but do it in a very gruesome way. Burnt sacrifices (such as this would be), required the throat to be slit and blood drained. The sacrifice was then cleaned and burnt completely piece by piece. Not to be over graphic, but I cannot even begin to imagine what went through Abraham’s mind! For three days he pondered on the events that would unfurl.
Yet Abraham never hesitated for a moment. He had learned through past faith that God could be trusted. God had promised that Isaac would be blessed with many many children, and God’s covenant would be fulfilled in him. Abraham believed God, he trusted God, he had absolute faith. This is evident throughout the text: he arose early to go, he told the men that Isaac would return with him, he never had to ponder or struggle with the decision.
God stays the hand of Abraham and provides a ram to be offered in the place of Isaac. The location is then called Jehovah-Jireh - God will provide.
Just a couple chapters later we see a young lady exhibiting the same traits, Rebekah. We don’t know much about Rebekah before this time, but the context clues give us a fairly incredible picture. She had no clue who Abraham’s servant was, and yet she served. It is evident that this was normal behavior for her. Every day she had been faithful to do her best and serve, and in God’s timing He used her preparation to fulfill her purpose in life.
The little things were really the big things, and she just didn't know it.
How often we fail to do our best in the little things in life day to day, not realizing that God is using our little faithfulness to prepare us for something we have no clue is coming.
Today be faithful in all the little things God has given you to do. See the big picture of how God is molding you into His image and helping you become more usable for His glory.
Daily Scripture Reading
Genesis 22 - 24
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”