The Lord Will Provide


As Isaac and his father Abraham made their way up the mountain to sacrifice to the Lord, Isaac turned to his father and asked where was the lamb for the burnt offering. Genesis 22 records this event, and we all know that God had commanded Abraham to offer his son Isaac on the mountain. When Abraham replied to his son in Genesis 22: 8, he said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”  As we continue reading the story, we find that as Abraham was about to offer his son, the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham and told him to stop. When Abraham looked up, there was a ram caught in the thicket. Abraham offered the ram instead of his son and named the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide. With four simple words, Abraham makes a statement that rings true for all believers in the Lord. Throughout the Bible, God provided for His people in many ways.  The-Lord-Will-Provide is a powerful statement we all should consider as we look back at our lives and, especially, this past year.

Next Sunday, May 9, will be one year since we began meeting in two services to help deal with the pandemic. Next Sunday, we plan to meet together again at 10:00 am for the first time in a year. It will be a time for the Plainfield congregation to come together to worship our God. It will be a time to sing together, pray together, commune together, and listen to God’s Word proclaimed together. God has provided us this past year with opportunities to worship Him in ways that still kept us safe. While we all wanted to get back to normal as soon as possible, God provided us with small steps leading us to next week. God provided Christians willing to participate in the services, prepare the Lord’s Supper, preach the sermons, offer the invitations, and lead the singing.  God provided men and women willing to assemble and worship to the best of their abilities.  God provided ideas on safely worshipping Him during this pandemic.

In June of last year, we began having our Wednesday night Bible study for all adults. In July, we added a Sunday evening Bible study and starting having children’s classes as well. God provided for us teachers and students ready and willing to learn about Him. God provided a steady increase in attendance over the year as more and more members came back to worship. God provided us with health and safety last year. While several had the virus, we are thankful that most cases were mild and only a few were serious.

As we look forward to next week, let us remember the words of Psalm 112:1, where David writes, “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”  Plan to be here next Sunday to worship together with all of your brothers and sisters in Christ. We look forward to seeing everyone next Sunday at 10:00 am.

“Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”  (Psalm 106:1)   Written by Larry Schneider