High school students in Cincinnati and its surrounding areas will be taking the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) this week. If a student does not pass the OGT, he or she must retake the test until it is passed in order to graduate from high school in Ohio. Students across the greater Cincinnati area are gearing up for hours of testing each day this week. The OGT is designed to represent the standard of knowledge that every high school graduate is supposed to have in order to be prepared for the next step in education.
In Genesis 22, Abraham faced a serious test of his faith when asked to take Isaac and make sacrifice to the Lord. Despite being asked to sacrifice his son, Abraham believed firmly that God would provide an alternate to the promised son for this sacrifice. In Genesis 22:5, Abraham said, “‘Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.’” Abraham believed that both he and Isaac would return from making sacrifice on the mountain. In addition, he said in 22:8, “‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’” It is clear from Abraham’s words, that he trusted God to provide a sacrifice which would be acceptable.
Cincinnati Christians are constantly faced with difficult situations and even strong tests of faith. Abraham demonstrated the highest example of trusting God to provide in all situations. Knowing that human sacrifice was not pleasing to God, Abraham knew and trusted that God would provide what he and Isaac needed for proper sacrifice. Cincinnati Christians should look to the trust and faith of Abraham as the example of what it means to be obedient to God and believe God for provision. In Genesis 22:14, Abraham named the place of sacrifice, “‘The LORD will provide.’” In following the example of Abraham, Cincinnati Christians will also be able to name parts of their internal and external worlds “The Lord will provide” as they trust, obey him, and watch God deliver on his promises.
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