A couple of weeks ago my men’s group were talking and the title “Innocent Anticipation of God” popped out in the middle of the conversation. I said it would be a great blog post to Todd and he observed he was a good bit ahead of us in posts.
Well, a couple of days go by and then a week, two, pushing three, now it is starting to nag at me. And, having the memory capacity of a gnat these days, I have completely forgotten the context of the conversation. But still, I like the sound of the title…
This past Sunday, @bobrobertsjr spoke about #exceptional love using the story recorded in Gen 22. I am now struck by the 8th verse.
-Abraham said, “The lamb for the entirely burned offering? God will see to it, my son.” The two of them walked on together.-CEB
-Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.-NASB
Abraham is clearly obeying God’s direction, yet he does have some anticipation of God’s provision. Two verses later he is committed to carrying out God’s direction and only then, at the point when he is about to sacrifice his favored son, is he stopped.
My son on an altar and yet anticipate God’s provision. I frankly can’t see myself as that committed.
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
that’s interesting, God I pray that you reveal those things that are holding me back.
19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
(Makes me wonder if Jesus didn’t reassure Abraham a little along the way. -but that is a bit too far afield.)
So, Abraham got it, Paul did too.
God will provide and supply: timely and amply.
That leaves us with this innocent anticipation of God.
It is not us demanding immediate action, neither is it our insatiable, gluttonous desire for more.
It is, simply God, in His time, and our willingness, bringing us along to Him.