Today’s Tasting: Genesis 22-24
The Bible writings about Abraham are some of the most beautiful examples of Godly faith and loyalty. We witness the extent to which Abraham will go to show his faithfulness to God. God instructed Abraham to take his only son (the son of the impossible with man) and offer him to God as a burnt offering.
According to our modern standards, this concept is almost inconceivable, regardless of who may ask. However, Abraham remained loyal to God. As saddened as he appeared—he and his son, Isaac, journeyed a distance with the intent of sacrificing him to honor God.
We see the strength of Abraham’s faith in his conversation with Isaac:
6 Abraham took the wood for the entirely burned offering and laid it on his son Isaac. He took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them walked on together. 7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?”
Abraham said, “I’m here, my son.”
Isaac said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the entirely burned offering?”
8 Abraham said, “The lamb for the entirely burned offering? God will see to it my son.” The two of them walked on together.
I believe that Abraham’s willingness to obey God in the most difficult time developed hope in his God. He knew that somehow God would supply the offering for the sacrifice and that he and his son would return.
As the story continues, we discover that God was after Abraham’s willingness to obey. This moment of faithfulness on Abraham’s part set in motion the salvation for the rest of us. Isaac…the son of Abraham…married Rebekah and they had a son named Jacob…who had a son…who had a son…until Joseph who married Mary who had a son named Jesus.
And, as the saying goes…the rest is history.
Today’s Nourishment: Our willingness to follow wherever God may lead makes all the difference in the world. It is about trusting God…trusting in his plan…in his timing…and most of all, in his love for us.
After all, he ended up being the one who sacrificed His only son for us…how could you not trust someone willing to do that for you?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Genesis 25-26
Hugs & Blessings,
There are times when impatience can attempt to reign in our lives. In those moments God gives us a reminder that He is still in control. Thank you for the reminder and the encouragement that God has time and His is always best!
Tammy Bradley says
Yes Monica I agree how can we not trust Him. Abraham’s love and trust in The Lord was deep. I’ve always loved this story and believed Abraham truly knew his God would come through for Him that God made a promise and would not go back on His word. He believed it so much that he told the men “stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and WE WILL come back to you”. He didn’t say “I will come back, but we will come back to you”. Wow what faith and what an awesome God! Just the right response God was looking for. I challenge us all to trust the plan of our awesome God for His way is perfect!!!!!
Jacinta Hampton says
Abraham’s willingness to obey was the amazing part of this story. I can’t imagine what I would’ve done had I known what Abraham knew. As badly as I want to and know I need to obey God, I can’t imagine what my feeling would’ve been to know I was going to have to offer my own son. I want to obey God in every way, even when it’s difficult.
Chantea Williams says
This is the kind of faith that we need to have today. The kind that trusts God with anything and everything.