Hebrews 11:17-19, “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.”
The story of Abraham is one of the most lesson-filled stories in the Bible to me. It is one of those stories that I read and wonder how Abraham could actually have followed through with God’s instructions. In Genesis 22, God directs Abraham to take his son, Isaac – the son God had promised him he’d receive at an old age; the son who would give Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky – and sacrifice him on an altar.
I don’t know about you, but such an instruction from God would be extremely difficult for me. I cannot say with certainty I would do it. Imagine, walking along side your son, your precious boy, knowing you are going to kill him. Imagine answering his questions, “Daddy, where is the sacrifice? Where are we going?”
Genesis 22: 3-5, “Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’”
There are times in our lives when we face obstacles that seem impossible to overcome. Death comes unexpectedly of a loved one; we lose a home to fire; we lose a job; health issues; trouble comes like a hurricane – out of nowhere. In times like these, we have to remember Abraham.
Do you know how Abraham marched up that hill, carrying wood, a knife, with his son beside him? Because he gave God credit; he calculated all God’s goodness; he knew God had a plan. If God wanted him to sacrifice Isaac, then God would raise Isaac from the dead. He didn’t doubt God’s ability or God’s goodness; and even in this potentially horrific situation, God would not forsake him.
In verse 5 of Genesis 22, when Abraham addresses his servant, notice he replies, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then WE will come back to you.” He reasoned in his head the ability of the God he served. His faith in that God saw him through the trial.
Some of you are facing similar tests or trials in your life. You may feel weary and disheartened, but don’t. The God of Abraham is the God of your life too. He will turn for good that which is meant to destroy. He will rise above your anguish and heartache. He will bring joy in the morning, not because He has to do so, because He wants to do so.
Declare this morning By faith _______________, (fill in your name), overcame the trial, the heartache, the illness, the lose. Calculate God’s goodness in your life. He will not forsake you.