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Hey there, world changer!
I’m sure many of us have either heard or read the story of Abraham in the Bible before. What I love about Scripture is that you can read the same passage over and over, yet always get a fresh revelation out of it. God’s word is so active and alive today!
In Genesis 17, God promises Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars and that they would become great nations. The only problem was that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was barren and of old age, and they didn’t have any children. There’s much more to the story, but Sarah eventually conceived a child and they named him Isaac.
What’s interesting to me is that after all of that, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, in fact, the only possible way God’s promise to Abraham could be carried out. After all, how are you supposed to have descendants as numerous as the stars if you don’t have a child? But, Abraham followed through with what God had asked him to do and right before he was about to sacrifice Isaac, an angel of the Lord appeared and told him he didn’t have to follow through. Isaac’s life was spared (Genesis 22).
I believe this is when Abraham’s faith was really on display. Think with me for a second on this, by Abraham giving up Isaac, sacrificing the promise God made to him and putting it to death, his heart posture towards God might have looked something like this: “God I have so much faith in you, that if this promise dies, I trust that you will revive it if you have to because I believe your word will not return void. I don’t have to worry about how you are going to deliver me, I just know you are going to do it.” Abraham trusted God so deeply that he knew God would remain faithful to get him to where he needed to go.
My point is this, as Christians, I think we get stuck on how God is going to fulfill his promises to us. But, the truth is that if God promised you something, he will deliver. And, we need to have faith, radical faith, like Abraham that no matter what our circumstances look like, he will come through for us. And, even if he calls us to sacrifice what we think is the means to a promise being fulfilled, trust that He will do what He needs to do to make it happen. My prayer for you is that you would know that God is for you and His plans for your life are beyond.
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