2011-11-14 - What Would Isaac Say?
Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. (Genesis 22:10)
What was the big idea? I could not think of anything I had done to deserve this. I assumed Dad and I were going to worship God together, without me as the worship sacrifice. Couldn't we talk about this? I want to honor God, absolutely, but isn't there another way than to sacrifice my life?
Can this be happening? This is not real. It is a dream. My father has not tied me up, and isn't really facing me with a knife. I will wake up at any moment.
Then in the nick of time, my father put his knife down and untied me. I felt the color return to my face, and my breathing became less sporadic. My father later told me he heard an angelic voice telling him not do anything to me. It was all a test to prove my father's loyalty to God. My father was a decent man - who loved the Lord and was obedient to Him. No wonder my dad Abraham would not tell me what the Lord originally told him to do to me. The idea of sacrificing me concerned my father as much as it affected me, well almost as much.
Lord, I have been tempted to second-guess Your decisions. Forgive me. As my Heavenly Father, You must have Your reasons, and I respect You and them. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Ask the Lord if there is something in life you need to sacrifice, and then be obedient.