Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? -Jeremiah 23:23
In Genesis 22, Abraham had just been heard the voice of God speak something that made him question every area of his faith. “Sacrifice my son?” I’m sure with tears streaming down his face, he raised his head again towards the stars, filled with questions and fear. But the scripture says something he that I’ve overlooked for many years.
Abraham took Isaac, his servant, and some supplies, and after three days, the Bible then says, “he saw the place from afar off.” You see, Abraham saw the place where God told him to sacrifice his son before he arrived. Perhaps Abraham saw a ram or goat trotting along the mountain’s edge. As he looked ahead, in his heart he was reminded of God’s promise, that he would be a “father of many nations.”
Abraham was encouraged now. After all, what kind of God would Jehovah be to allow Isaac to die? I’m sure Abraham proudly walked his son through the markets. He’d waited for so long, his name had been changed from Abram to Abraham, meaning “father of many.” It would have been a bad testimony, an embarrassment even for him to tell his friends he killed his son. No, Abraham knew in his heart God would show up. He trusted and followed, even to the point of raising his hand to strike, but he believed only. Hebrews 11 tells us he died, in faith, but received the promise.
What can you see from afar? Whatever God has spoken deep into your heart, be confident that He will not fail. He will not bring you to embarrassment. In Psalm 3, David was facing the worse moment of his life, with his family, city, and men being captured, but he remembered God is a shield and lifts our heads.
No matter what test you are facing right now, see from afar off what can’t be seen. Focus only on the promise of God and believe. Continue to follow, even to the point where it seems impossible, and all of a sudden, you will see the manifestation of God’s supernatural provision, that like Abraham, when you endure, you will receive the promise.