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When I think of Abraham and his call to sacrifice Isaac, I just cannot imagine the emotional turbulence he must have endured. Can you imagine putting your son on a rock, tying him down with ropes and slitting his throat?
I lost a precious son on November 16, 1995. He was only 8 years old. It was quite a test of faith, to say nothing of the pain and anguish our family endured. Today I have the consolation that Paul did not die by MY hand at the command of MY Lord. No, he was hit by a car.
By contrast, the Lord told Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Gen 22:2
If it were me, I would have had a little discussion with the Lord right then and there. You want me to do WHAT? But that’s me, and quite possibly most of us. But not Abraham.
Abraham didn’t quibble with the Lord
Early the very next morning, Abraham saddled up his donkey and set out with Isaac and two servants. It took three days before he saw the mountains at a distance. Three days! What was Abraham thinking about during those three days when each step brought him closer to a truly nightmare scenario? What would you be thinking?
Are you on a difficult journey right now?
You may be facing your own nightmare scenario right now. Is your only son (whom you love) strung out on drugs while you watch him wander down the path of death and destruction? Is your wife fighting terminal cancer? Are you about to get laid off from your job? Are you, or any of your close friends and relatives dying of Covid-19?
What are you thinking about as you face the inevitable? May I suggest that you follow Abraham’s example? Here’s what Abraham did. He believed God. He had faith in Him. God provided a solution. It’s really that simple.
Will God answer your prayer in the way you ask it? Not necessarily, but he will honor your faith. The Bible says, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Rom 4:3
So … what should you be thinking about? Think about developing your faith! Let the Lord help you in this. Ask Him to make your faith as strong as Abraham’s faith. Then you’ll be able to face anything that comes your way.