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On the recommendation of a close friend, I recently started binge watching a show called “The Kindness Diaries” on Netflix. It follows a man named Leon as he travels from Anchorage, Alaska all the way to Argentina, travelling with nothing but the clothes on his back and an often unreliable VW Beetle that he calls “Kindness Two.”
The premise of the show is that Leon is making his travels solely based off of the the kindness of others. He cannot accept money, only food, shelter, and gasoline because he claims that he has “faith in human kindness.” In other words, Leon trusts that the people that he encounters will provide exactly what he needs, exactly when he needs it.
I’m not quite sure where Leon draws his sense of faith from, but his actions serve as a pretty strong witness of how strong that faith actually is. While I wish that I quite shared Leon’s “faith in human kindness,” I admit that I often don’t. And I’m okay with that, because I believe that God provides for us. In fact, through Scripture and through life I have witnessed first-hand the many ways in which God provides, but I find perhaps no better example of this than in the story of Abraham.
Turn with me to
Genesis 22:1–14 LEB
And it happened that after these things, God tested Abraham. And he said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” And he said, “Take your son, your only child, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains where I will tell you.” And Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. And he took two of his servants with him, and Isaac his son. And he chopped wood for a burnt offering. And he got up and went to the place which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and he saw the place at a distance. And Abraham said to his servants, “You stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go up there. We will worship, then we will return to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and placed it on Isaac his son. And he took the fire in his hand and the knife, and the two of them went together. And Isaac said to Abraham his father, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “God will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went together. And they came to the place that God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood. Then he bound Isaac his son and placed him on the altar atop the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. And the angel of Yahweh called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham! Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” And he said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the boy; do not do anything to him. For now I know that you are one who fears God, since you have not withheld your son, your only child, from me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked. And behold, a ram was caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place “Yahweh will provide,” for which reason it is said today, “on the mountain of Yahweh it shall be provided.”

God Asked Abraham to Give Up What He Loved

God Sometimes Asks Us To Give Up What We Love

God Provides for Abraham

God Provides for Us

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