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Sacrificing Isaac

Genesis 22 is the story where Abraham instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac. Being told to sacrifice Isaac, his son, first of all after what it took to get him, but also after being promised many descendants and nations through him had to be confusing. But Abraham trusted God.

Hebrews 11:17-19 says

'It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.'

What does that mean for us? What happens when we are instructed to give up our "Isaac", our blessing or gift, that thing we waited and worked hard for and believe to be a source of more good things or the avenue God is going to use to fulfill His promise to you? Do we get scared, mad, confused? Possibly at first. We're human, go ahead and feel your feelings.

But, ultimately if you trust that God will fulfill his promise no matter what, you don't have to worry when you're instructed to sacrifice Isaac. You can have peace and rest in the fact that either there will be another Isaac or he's not actually going to take this one and it's just a test to see where your heart is at...ooor He's going to do it another way. Either way, you have to trust His plan, be obedient, and believe that you will see the promise fulfilled.

Of course, it'll hurt and you won't want to because that's your baby. But thanks to Job, I choose to believe if He takes you through something like that, He has something even better for you on the other side. And like the Hebrew boys said "Even if He doesn't", I still have to believe He is good, He is sovereign, and He knows what's best.

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