Friday, February 22, 2013
Have you ever really thought about what Abraham went through emotionally as he took the son of promise into the desert to offer him as a sacrfice? He had waited a long time for a son, someone to carry on his name and his lineage after he was gone. He had already had many encounters with God before this time came. You know he loved his son as any father would. God asked him to sacrifice this beloved son and he took off into the desert, not telling anyone what was in his heart to do. But with full faith, he said that they would both return. Did he know how it would all go down? I don't think he had a clue. Then his son asks him where the sacrifice is and he says that God will provide one. Think about what went through Isaac's mind when his father laid him on the altar and tied him down, even raising his hand with knife in hand. Can you imagine how both their hearts must have beat and tears ran down both faces? In the knick of time, God did indeed provide. Abraham knew that even if his son had died at his hand, God was able to raise him from the dead so that the promise would be fulfilled. If God promises something, you can bank on it coming to pass. There is no question because He cannot lie.
I have had promises given to me from God concerning my children. The longer it takes for them to come to pass the easier it becomes to begin to doubt. Yet they still sustain me when I remember Who it is that promised. If I get my eyes off of that one piece of information, I begin to sink in to the water and get overwhelmed, as I have done many times. All I have to do is cry out, "Jesus, save me!" and His hand is right there to lift me again. It's funny how many people don't know all that God has done through the years and yet they remind me of a book I read 10 years ago by Carol Kent called Laying Your Isaac Down. I had to take them back many times to that altar knowing that even if I couldn't see the end God was still in control and could resurrect them if need be, but that His promises would surely be fulfilled. It takes a lot of trust to relase your control over a situation. As mothers in particular, I think it is most difficult. The result may not be what we had prayed for, but good will always come from it. We need to not come to God with our own agenda in mind, but sit and trust and wait for what His perfect plan is. And you know what? He never disappoints. The journey isn't promised to be enjoyable and many tears may have to be shed, but God will create something wonderful even out of a speck of dust or a blob of mud.