If you live in the United States, I’m sure you are aware of a new series called The Bible that will run on the History Channel until Easter. Sunday night we watched Abraham struggle with the command to take his beloved, promised son Isaac to sacrifice to God.
You can find this story unfold in Genesis 22 where is is recorded that GOD TESTED ABRAHAM.
What a test! I cannot imagine having to prove loyalty in this way.
I have been struggling with laying down (what I considered) my own promise for the past 3 weeks — which was nothing compared to Abraham’s dilemma. There have been a lot of tears, but eventually submission — the best I could. Yesterday, I finally resigned to the fact that I was really going to have to let it go and just get over it. Everything was truly out of my control.
Once the decision to throw my will on the altar was made in my heart, God provided a ram!
I DIDN’T HAVE TO BURN MY DREAM!
I couldn’t have been more shocked than I was last night. I am still stunned. I entered our home to find that my husband had made a decision after seeking the Lord in this situation!
God doesn’t waste anything in a test. I think the test was more for my husband, but also for me. Would I submit? Would I lay it all down?
I am ashamed that I wasn’t a happy submitter on the inside. But I was going to do it no matter how hard it was for me.
We had some structure changes in our home that needed to be made and for that I am grateful.
Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, 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.”
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Just yesterday I posted that God’s timing is never our own. His plans confuse even the wisest of men. Who can know the thoughts and ways of the Lord?
I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but this is I know is certain:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Thank you for visiting me today. And thank you to all who have prayed me through!