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Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.

Genesis 12 : 8 (NASB)

As I was reading the early story of Abram (Abraham) I was struck by the significance of this verse, it is here that Abram recognises and celebrates the provision of God in his life. God had previously spoken to Abram, promising the land of Canaan to him and his descendants. Abram obeyed and, God kept His promise. To mark the occasion Abram seeks a high place to worship God where “he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.” This act of worship proceeds from God’s faithful provision and also preceeds His next Divine act of mercy, saving Abram and his family from a famine.

In Genesis 13 : 3-4 Abraham returns from his time in Egypt during the famine and seeks again to offer thanksgiving to God, where he had previously worshipped. In Genesis 22 : 33 Abraham plants a tree as a memorial of the covenant made at Beersheba between him and the Philistines for the well there, and “called upon the name of the Lord” in thanksgiving for His provision in the agreement. This also preceeds Abraham’s trial by God of sacrificing his only son Isaac, which he would have done if God had not stopped him. What a trial of faith! God rewarded Abraham’s great faith with a promise of many future descendants. As we see in these few verses Abraham was a man of God, worshipping Him in thanksgiving for His divine provision in all circumstances.

Dear reader, let us learn from Abraham and frequently call “upon the name of the Lord” in thanksgiving and worship for His provision for us each day. Even in times of strife and pain He provides for our needs in ways which may not be seen straight away, we must trust Him that He will show us His provision eventually. Like Abraham we can come in faith, presenting thanksgiving to Him in the tabernacle of our heart. He is our loving Father who hears us when we pray; when we call on Him He answers (Romans 10 : 13).

19 thoughts on “Calling on Him

  1. “He provides for our needs in ways which may not be seen straight away, we must trust Him that He will show us His provision eventually.”

    Amen, brother. God does not mislead His children. His schedule is His own, but always runs on time.

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  2. Thank you Alan for this wonderful devotion. I have been calling upon the name of the LORD often during the last several days, as my husband is recouping from serious spinal surgery. Daily, the Lord God is making provisions for him. God is trustworthy, and His love is from everlasting to everlasting.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I will pray for you and your husband at this difficult time for your family. Our Father God who guided the surgeon’s hands will provide the recovery needed.

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  3. A wonderful blog filled with Hope and encouragement. Thank you and for your embedded worship. I have sat in HIS Presence and now go on with my day. Thank you. Blessings and Peace from across the Ocean of God’s vast world to you and yours. A-Men!

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  4. Alan, your post brought to the forefront of my mind a praise song I learned in church as a little girl. The words have always stayed with me and have been such a source of encouragement and praise over the years. It goes- “Jehovah Jireh my provider His grace is sufficient for me. My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory He will give His angels charge over me Jehovah Jireh cares for me, for me, for me Jehovah Jireh cares for me.” So thank you for helping my day start with a song of praise.

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