what faith!

“Some time later God tested Abraham…Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.'” Genesis 22:1-2

I’ve read Genesis 3 or 4 times before, but never have I related to this story before the way I do now. What if God said to me or Richard “Take your son, your only son, Randall, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” I’d say, “wait…what!?!?” And I would get hysterical and then start bargaining by asking questions. I would question God’s every motive and direction for me. But what does Abraham do? He obeys. One second I’m asking myself, “Abraham, what are you thinking!?!? Didn’t you learn from the first time to not tell kings that your wife is your sister!? You’ve already made that mistake. Shape up or ship out!” But then his faith is tested by God and not only does he obey, but he obeys with honor and respect to God!

Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Genesis 22:7-8

Wow. I am speechless. I don’t even know how to work this out in my head. Everyday, since the moment Randall has been born I have had to remind myself that he is not mine. Even though the first words I said to him were “You are mine.” He is not mine. He is God’s gift to me to take care of. He is a part of God’s plan to teach me of His undying love for me. He is God’s way of showing me how God desires relationship with me just like I am going to desire relationship with Randall when he starts making his own friends and life for himself. I am going to want to know what Randall is doing and want to be a part of his journey. He is also a way for me to understand God’s love for His Son that He sacrificed for me…for us. God sacrificed His Son…whom He loved. Abraham did too. Isaac was saved from this once Abraham’s faith proved true. Christ was not.

There might be a time in my life where Randall, or another child God might bless me with, will have to be placed on an altar as a sacrifice for God. He might get sick. He might be called to come home to Jesus before me. He might be called to a life of sacrifice in some way that I can’t even think of right now. But I will have to keep my faith in God. And that is my prayer today, because I do not have faith in myself to be that strong for God’s will.

Abba Father,

Thank you.

Thank you for my son. For my husband. For my life. For rescuing me from myself day in and day out.

I plead with you now that you will give me the faith and strength to endure the trials to come. The sacrifice it will take to be your daughter. Your beloved bride. Your princess.

You love me more than Randall or Richard. More than my mother or anyone else on this earth.

You care for me and set out the best for me.

I plead with you to give me the faith I need to trust you wholeheartedly with my life, my son’s life and Richard’s life too.

I want to love and trust you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.

Thank you.

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  

He means it

A sobering lesson. When God says leave, He means leave. In my previous post I talked about Abraham having to leave everything behind to follow God’s will for his life. This time, it is Lot’s life on the line in Sodom. Fortunately, he has Abraham to plead for his life to God. It’s shocking to me that they (Lot and family) literally had to be dragged out by the angels.

“With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, ‘Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.’ When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them. ” Genesis 19:15-16

Even after all the pleading to stay or not go to the mountains God is still merciful to Lot and his family. What a patient God.

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:26

When God is delivering you from death, a life of misery, pain, comfort or whatever it is He is moving you out of, He doesn’t want you to look back. Apparently Lot doesn’t show much interest in being saved during the angels’ pleas. Lot’s wife must have been extremely reluctant to leave to look back after the angels specifically told everyone not to.

God’s mercy to Lot should console me. When I am slow to get His point, scared to give up what is actually dangerous to me, and constantly trying to bargain with God over my life and path…you would think He would get frustrated and just give up on me.

Character Sketch of Lot’s Wife from my Women of Faith Bible:

Lot and his wife had enjoyed following along with Abraham, Lot’s uncle. God had blessed Abraham with great riches, which Lot’s family shared. But, unlike Abraham, Lot’s family had not connected with the God who gave the blessing…Abraham’s prayer on behalf of the city was the only thing that stood between Lot’s family and utter destruction. And though angels escorted them, they argued. One of God’s demands was nonnegotiable, however. The break from sin must be complete. No looking back, no baggage from the wicked past-all of their wealth was left behind. But it appears that Lot’s wife regretted leaving Sodom and all its comforts. Her backward glance suggests that even in the very presence of God she longed for the life and the things that led to destruction. She didn’t believe, and she disobeyed the angel’s command. God remained true to his word. Lot and his family flirted with temptation and lost everything. We too are swayed by our culture in ways we don’t even realize. It’s not enough to be a good person, to associate with other good people and to share in their blessings, as Lot’s family shared Abraham’s prosperity. In the face of God’s judgement, only Jesus stands between us and eternal destruction. Only Jesus can cover all the refuse of our lives and proclaim us righteous.”

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment