In October, I pushed passed the “not knowing how” and grew in (hidden) talents and gifts. I have a feeling November will be filled with lots of laughter and hopefully a lot more PSLs.
What do you have planned for this month? I have spent the last four months in Bogota with my family and in four days I fly back to Miami. Mom is having me decorate their house for Christmas before I leave, so I am up to my knees in Christmas lights and tinsel...and loving every minute of it! I’ll be in Miami for a quick 10 days to enjoy the sunshine and friends before heading out again. My mom and I have the great privilege of attending the Devoted Women’s Conference in Hawaii with World of Life and our Zepulveda fam! After Devoted, we’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my grandparents in California and hopefully enjoying some Black Friday shopping. :)
My word for November is M O R I A H.
Moriah has a few different meanings like “place of worship” and “the chosen of Yahweh”, but my favorite is “seen by Yahweh”.
Let’s dig in! If you’re not a big reader, have Siri read this to you because I believe God wants to speak to you.
Genesis 22 might be the climax in Abraham’s life. The God who called him out of his land, promised him descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and fulfilled His promise through the birth of Isaac, is now the same God inviting Abraham to a new, unknown place. A place of obedience, faith, surrender and provision. After Abraham had changed Isaac’s diapers, taught him how to shoot an arrow, and prepare the animals for the sacrifice, God says, “Take Isaac, whom you love so much and go to Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” (1) HUH?!
It was a very illogical thing to sacrifice the son he’d always dreamt of, but Abraham made the three day journey to Moriah; obedience. But in verse 5, Abraham says, “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”; faith. Walking in obedience and faith turned a place of surrender and death into a place of provision and life. You see, in verse 13, Abraham lifts his eyes to see a ram caught in the bushes, God had provided for the sacrifice. Genesis 22 is not about Isaac dying, it’s about Abraham dying...to himself. Abe (as I like to call him) had to die to his own expectations to be able to receive what God had provided. God took him to a place of need, so that God could reveal Himself as Abraham’s father, as his everything.
My heart’s desire is that you would be quick to obey and strong to believe. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways, they’re BETTER! (2) The whole point of God asking us to give something up is for us to be transformed. It’s in that place faith and obedience where we’re so human and in need of a powerful God that we’re seen by Him. Not only seen, but taken care of, strengthened and surprised by the miracle working God. Let go of what He’s asked for many times, do what He’s confirmed over and over, and meet Him on Mount Moriah, the place to be seen by Him. He’s waiting to transform, to breathe life, to change things around for you, but it’s necessary for you to show up with the sacrifice.
November, month of provision. Pro: meaning good and vision: seeing clearly. He gives us His good and Heavenly perspective for when we go back to the village (reality). What do you need Him to provide for you this month? I’m sure at least one thing popped into your head, why not ask Him what He wants you to bring so He can provide? :)
Your friend who knows the God who sees to it,
References and Sources:
(1) Genesis 22:2 NLT
(2) Isaiah 55:8