HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. Genesis 22:14
Abraham knew it would be. Probably he never told Sarah what God had asked of him till he and the lad were safely back in the tent. What needs to trouble her? Her weak faith could not have stood the ordeal. It was with an unfaltering tone that the patriarch told his young men that they two would presently return. Even though he should actually take Isaac’s life, he was sure that he would receive him again from the altar in health. It was only at the very last moment that God indicated the ram as the sufficient substitute. So God’s deliverances always come; they are provided in the amount of trial and sacrifice. When the foe seems secure of victory. So it was with Israel. And so it is with us, brethren.
Pharaoh, with his hosts, counted on an easy victory, the precipices around, the sea in front. To the eye of sense, it seemed impossible to escape: all hope died. It was just then that the Almighty cleft a path through the mighty deep. “In the fourth hour of the night.” – Strength was well-nigh exhausted in long battling with the waves. For hours the disciples with difficulty had kept themselves afloat. It seemed as if they must give in through physical collapse. It was then that the form of Jesus drew nigh unto the ship.
On the night before the execution. Thus Peter lies sleeping whilst the Church is gathered in prayer. To-morrow he will be a corpse. But the angel comes then to open the prison doors. So you may have come to an end of your own strength, and wisdom, and energy. The altar, wood, and fire are ready, the knife upraised, your Isaac on the point to die: but even now God will provide. Trust Him to indicate the way of escape.
As I conclude this message I must remind you that each of us has a covenant with our Father and it cannot be told before the execution. Abraham would not have received the promise had he mentioned it to Sarah or Isaac. A covenant calls for action. one of the problems with believers today are talking and gossip. I can only encourage you to be still and trust God for in that very moment of uncertainty He will make a way of escape for you. Keep trusting the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.