Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12: 1 – 3
Just last week, I was speaking with a friend and she told me about how they were affected during the war in Kuwait. She said that all of a sudden everything that she and her family called theirs had to be left behind; house, car, possessions, pictures and all that were memories of her as a child. Just everything! And they were back in India with only one suitcase of clothes for a family of four, not knowing where to start or what to do.
For the first time, I felt the pain of leaving behind everything that one calls his or her own. And I was immediately reminded of Abraham who though one of the richest people of his times, left everything and started a journey upon receiving one word from the Lord. Not knowing where he was going, how he would survive or where he would live, he still left. The Bible has plenty of stories about ordinary people making seemingly irrational decision.
What made him take such a risk?
What made the early church sell everything they had and support the ministry of the apostles?
What made a man like Zacchaeus give away the wealth that he had acquired by all wrong means, in a moment?
Why was Abraham ready to sacrifice his only son, the son of his old age?
I got the answer to all my questions in a single verse, ‘And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen’
Genesis: 22:14 (emphasis added)
Today, I do not want to lay emphasis on the fact that He is our provider; He is and there is no changing that. But I want to call attention to the undeniable truth that he is Lord. If you read Genesis 22 really carefully, verse 1 says ‘And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham’ but in verse 14, Abraham says it is the Lord who has provided for His need.
The answer to all my questions is that Jesus was not just God of their lives but also Lord of their lives.
The word ‘Lord’ literally means Owner. If someone calls a certain person Lord, he means to call that person his owner. In ancient times, where people were bought and sold as slaves, the one who bought the slave became his lord (the owner). When countries were ruled by Kings and Queens, a King would be Lord over his kingdom. This meant that everything in his kingdom; land, cattle, people, even the air that flowed in his kingdom was owned by him. Everything that the people of his kingdom had or wanted to have was given by him, he owned it all.
Our God is the owner of everything that we see around us today. He created everything. He made us, gave us life. Not just that even when we lost everything that He had given us because of our rebellion and sin, He himself came and redeemed us to Himself by giving up His own life. He owns us.
When we said, “Jesus is Lord and Savior of my life”, did we really understand what we were saying? What it really means is that He is my God, my savior and from this day forward, He owns me. We acknowledge that everything that I have is His and everything I will ever need will be provided only by Him.
When Abraham heard the Lord asking him to leave everything, he knew that he was not leaving anything that was his own, but he was giving back to the Lord or giving up to the Lord what the Lord had given him in the first place.
When the early disciples sold their possessions and laid the money at the feet of the apostles, they had Jesus as the Lord of their lives and everything they had.
Zacchaeus saw that His Lord, the one to whom he belonged to was in His house and he valued everything less compared to his owner.
Abraham knew that the son of his old age was a miracle of the Lord so if the Lord gave He had every right to ask for it to be given back to Him.
Remember, when Jesus needed a ride to enter Jerusalem and He asked His disciples to enter the city and get the donkey that was tied? And when the disciples asked what if they were questioned who wants the donkey, He simply said, “Tell them the Lord has called for it”.
My prayer today is that we would have a revelation of Jesus as Lord over our lives and through that, giving up anything for the Lord will not cause pain. Always be reminded that the Lord provides on His mountain.