BY PASTOR T. O. BANSO
“After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Yes?’ answered Abraham. ‘I’m listening.’ He said, ‘Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I’ll point out to you.’ Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants and his son Isaac. He had split wood for the burnt offering. He set out for the place God had directed him. On the third day he looked up and saw the place in the distance. Abraham told his two young servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac his son to carry. He carried the flint and the knife. The two of them went off together. Isaac said to Abraham his father, ‘Father?’ ‘Yes, my son.’ ‘We have flint and wood, but where’s the sheep for the burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘Son, God will see to it that there’s a sheep for the burnt offering.’ And they kept on walking together” (Genesis 22:1-8 TM).
Abraham stepped out in faith to go to do the unthinkable: sacrifice his beloved son that took him 25 years to receive from God. God didn’t even tell him the specific place he would offer the sacrifice. There was more than one mountain in the land of Moriah that God told him to go. He promised to show him the exact mountain only as he went.
God doesn’t tell you everything about your future or tell you all the details of the assignment He wants to give you, or He’s given you. You must step out in faith based on what He’s told you and keep going by faith as He gives you further instructions.
Seeing from afar
It wasn’t until the third day that Abraham saw from afar the place, he was to offer the sacrifice (Genesis 22:4). Maybe you’re at a stage in your life where you’re following God but you can’t see anything about where God has promised to take you to or you can’t see what God is doing in your life; don’t give up. Keep going forward by faith. Abraham could have turned back the first or the second day when he couldn’t catch a glimpse of where God was taking him to for the sacrifice, but he continued. However, on the third day, he saw the place from afar.
It is also possible that where you’re now, you’ve started seeing from afar the place God is taking you to. If this is your present condition, don’t let it go to your head. Seeing from afar is different from getting there. Moses was only allowed to see the land of Canaan, the Promised Land, but he didn’t enter the land. “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I told them I would give it to their descendants. I have now allowed you to see it, but you will not enter the land’” (Deuteronomy 34:4 NLT). Your journey of destiny shall not be aborted in Jesus’ name. You’ll get there.
Protect your faith
As Abraham and Isaac continued, they got to a place where Abraham asked his servants to stay back leaving himself and Isaac to continue with the journey. Abraham who was going to sacrifice his son told his servants they both would return after the sacrifice. How would that be possible? Faith! There is a time you must separate from some people even if just for some time for you to be able to do what God has asked you to do. If you don’t, they may hinder your faith. This was what Jesus did in the house of the ruler of the synagogue whose 12-year-old daughter had died. He didn’t permit anyone to follow Him to the ruler’s house except Peter, James, and John the brother of James (Mark 5:37). And Matthew 9:23-26 says, “When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, ‘Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.’ And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land” (NKJV). It’s not everybody that you take along on your journey of destiny. Be careful who you take along.
When Isaac also asked his father for the animal for the sacrifice, an important ingredient that was missing (which shows Isaac was old enough to understand what sacrifice meant) Abraham said, “Son, God will see to it that there’s a sheep for the burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8 TM). And they kept on walking together.
What is missing in your life now? What is that thing that you’ve been praying to God concerning? God will see to it. God will see to it that the answer to your prayer is delivered to you. God will see to it that your miracle appears.
This time next year!
In Genesis 18:14, God told Abraham, “Is anything too hard for God? Next year, just as I told you, I will certainly see to it that Sarah has a son” (TLB). And true to what God said, Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to a child. God will see to it that you have your own child too. God will see to it that this time next year you’re carrying your own baby. Unto Abraham, it was said, “About this time next year I will return, and your wife Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:10 NLT). Although Sarah, who was listening to the conversation, laughed, God saw to it that it came to pass.
Also, Elisha told the Shunammite woman, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son” (2 Kings 4:16 NKJV). God also saw to it that it also came to pass. If you’re trusting God for a child, I say to you by the Spirit of the LORD: this time next year you’ll carry your baby in Jesus’ name. God shall see to it that it comes to pass for you.
God will see to it! He will see to it that this time next year, you’ll be saying: This time last year I was on my sickbed but now I’m fully healed. God will see to it that this time next year, you’ll be sharing the testimony of answer to your long-awaited deliverance, employment, promotion, marriage, marital peace, financial independence, ministerial breakthroughs, etc. So shall it be in Jesus’ name.
In Exodus 16, God saw to it that the Israelites did not die of hunger. He supernaturally fed them with manna – bread from heaven. God will see to it that you don’t lack. David said, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need” (Psalm 23:1 NLT). That shall be your testimony in Jesus’ name. Just make sure you do the right thing. “No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right” (Psalm 84:11b NLT).
In Numbers 11, God saw to it that the children of Israel who were complaining about manna had meat to eat. He sent quails to the camp and they ate to satisfaction. God will see to it that this season, you are satisfied with good things in Jesus’ name. David said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul …Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2, 5 NKJV). The LORD will satisfy your mouth with good things.
God will protect you
God saw to it that inside the fire, the three Hebrew boys were not burnt by fire. He entered the fire ahead of them and made the temperature there normal! It wasn’t hot, though they were in a fiery furnace! (Daniel 3:8-30). God will see to it that you’re well protected against evil; He’ll precede you and follow you; He’ll place His hand of blessing on your head (Psalm 139:5). He will keep the destroyer away from your paths.
He’ll see to it that your life is preserved. “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT). You’ll walk in the reality of Psalm 91. Verses 11-13 say, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot” (NKJV).
God saw to it that the lions did not eat up Daniel. He blocked their mouths and he came out alive from the lions’ den (Daniel 6:10-23). God will see to it that you escape every danger and tragedy.
God saw to it that His angel supernaturally rescued Peter from the prison. He taught it was a dream, but it was real (Acts 12:1-18). God will see to it that you’re delivered from every bondage and captivity.
God will see to it! God saw to it that Paul and Silas regained their freedom from prison – the prison door and windows opened as they were praying and singing hymns to God (Acts 16:25-26). God will see to it that you’re loosed from whatever bondage you’re in right now.
There’s no impossibility with God
In Matthew 14:13-21, Jesus supernaturally fed 5,000 men. The story is also recorded in Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-14. And in Matthew 15:32-38 and Mark 8:1-10 Jesus again supernaturally fed 4,000 men. He supernaturally multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 men and multiplied seven loaves and a few small fish to feed 4,000. God saw to it that the multitude did not disperse in hunger. God will see to it that your needs are met. He’ll see to it that you’re not stranded.
Nothing is above God! There’s no impossibility with Him! God saw to it that the body of Jesus didn’t see corruption – it didn’t rot (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27; 13:35). God raised His Son from the dead (Acts 2:24, 32, 3:15, 26, 4:10, 5:30, 10:40, 13:30, 33, 34, 17:31; Romans 10:9; 1Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Galatians 1:1; Ephesians 1:20). Death could not hold Jesus captive. God saw to it that He rose from the dead! His tomb became empty. Halleluiah! What you consider impossible, God will do for you. He’ll see to it!
By faith, Abraham told his son that God would see to it that there was a lamb for the sacrifice. However, when he got to the place of sacrifice, there was no lamb rather it was his son he wanted to kill. I imagine Isaac wondering aloud: “But my father said God would see to it; he said there was a lamb for the sacrifice. Where is the lamb?”
Abraham also must have been wondering how to handle the situation. Would he not appear to his son to be a liar? Would he not appear to Isaac to be a callous father? What explanation would he offer to the servants he left behind to continue the journey with his son with the promise of the two of them returning? If he returned without Isaac, what would he tell them?
Just in time
Time was ticking away. No lamb for the sacrifice! Will Isaac really die? What a painful action for a father! However, Genesis 22:11 says, “At that moment the angel of the LORD shouted to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’” (NLT). At that moment! I love that. At that moment means at the nick of time. At that moment means before it was too late. At that moment means just in time. The angel came just in time to stop Abraham from killing Isaac. He commended him for loving God more than his child and obeying the painful command of God. He pointed to him the ram to replace Isaac as a sacrifice. Indeed, God saw to it that He provided a ram for the sacrifice. That ram with its horns tied to the thicket was what Abraham eventually sacrificed to God. And “Abraham named that place God-Yireh (God-Sees-to-It). That’s where we get the saying, ‘On the mountain of God, he sees to it’” (Genesis 22:14 TM). “God-Sees-to-It” is one of the names of God. The New King James Version renders the scripture thus: “And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.’” God will see to it; He will provide. God is never a latecomer. He has His own timetable. Don’t lose hope. Have faith in God. Just in time, God will see to it; He will provide. You will not be stranded.
Whatever is your current situation, believe God to see to it – see to your healing, your deliverance, your provision, your promotion, etc. He is your Shepherd; you shall not lack. He is able to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). He is able to work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). He knows His thoughts towards you; they’re good thoughts meant to bring you to the expected end for you (Jeremiah 29:11). He’ll do a new thing in your life (Isaiah 43:19).
Conclusion: God will see to it! All you need is to trust and obey Him. Have faith in God. Willingly follow and obey Him. “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19 NKJV). The result of rebellion is destruction (verse 20). Have faith in God. Abraham returned to his servant with Isaac after the sacrifice! (Genesis 22:19). Isaac was alive. God saw to it, and Isaac didn’t die. God will see to your case. He’ll see to it!
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
T.O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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