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Wednesday, July 14


 

Genesis 22:9-14

9When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 12He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." 13And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called that place "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."

Reflection

The day our oldest daughter got her driver's license struck us like a lightning bolt. Here, we had kept our child safe for 16 years, protecting her and directing almost every move that she made. On her 16th birthday, we watched her drive away for the first time, with a wave and a prayer. Letting go of that control was extremely difficult, even though we knew she was ready. Sacrificing the safety of our baby girl was not an easy thing to do. I’m sure it never will be.

I can’t imagine how Abraham felt as he presented his own adored son as a burnt offering, as directed by God. It must have been the most painful thing he had ever experienced, yet Abraham trusted that God would provide. And God certainly did. In verse 13 of this scripture, Abraham looked up to see a ram in the thicket. The ram took the place as the sacrifice in place of Isaac. Verse 14 reads, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Do you have an “Isaac” in your life? Not an actual person, but a thing that is hard for you to sacrifice? For me, it is letting my babies grow their independence; losing the control that makes me feel that I can keep them safe. As a parent, I know that God wants me to let go a little bit at a time and let our children spread their wings, but I really struggle with this. Control is my “Isaac”.

Maybe your “Isaac” is that volunteer opportunity that’s been tugging at you, or maybe it’s that you try to take your fate in your own hands, in your own time, instead of waiting for God’s plan. Maybe if you were Abraham, you would have said “forget it” and sought out a sacrificial ram on your own. But that is not what God wanted.

From experience, Abraham knew that God would always honor his word, and that God’s way was always good. This enabled him to trust God during this difficult situation, even when it made no sense and was extremely painful. Abraham had what we can all strive for….the kind of faith to believe and obey God without question.

Prayer


Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for all that you provide for me. Show me the “Isaacs” in my life and show me how to surrender them to you. Even if it’s hard, remind me that you are there with me and that you will provide what you know I need. Amen.

 


Written by Alicia Huntley
Director of Connect Ministry
ahuntley@stjohns-springfield.org





 
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