Faith Unto Life
Verse 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Yesterday we saw how Abraham and Isaac’s faith in God carried them though an incident that was meant to show them whom their faith was in.
Now that Abraham has shown that His faith was truly in God not the child that God had promised Him, Abraham had a new view of His son. It was no longer all about the child. His life was righted from the worship of the promise to the Promise Keeper. No longer focused on the gift but rather on the Giver. Abraham’s view of God had become a bit skewed as he loved on his long awaited, and God promised son instead of the God he professed.
It is so easy to let the blessings of God become the things that we put our faith into. Maybe like Abraham we have been given a child that we have long prayed for. Or maybe it was the friendship or relationship that we had prayed for that God blessed us with that has taken God’s place in our heart. It may even be the job that we enjoy. No matter which it is, we start pouring our whole life into what we think we need to feel complete. It becomes a god to us.
It may be easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the things God has given us instead of zeroing in on Him, but that doesn’t make it OK to do so. Abraham’s faith was in God and he knew what God could do even if He didn’t provide another sacrifice. God could give Isaac life again after death. God put Abraham to the test because He had more for Abraham than Abraham could imagine or that he would ever get to see. That is one of the main troubles of getting caught up in the blessings instead of the Lord.
Imagine if the apostles and the other members of the early Church were missing Abraham’s example of faith. If they had not grown up hearing this story of Abraham being willing to walk in faith when it didn’t make sense, would they have been able to face the ministry that Jesus had led them to? Like Abraham, they didn’t know what they would end up sacrificing. The same can be true of us. We are called to live in faith, the “all in” kind. We need to make the decision before the moment comes upon us that we will follow God, even when it doesn’t make sense. This is when our life is resurrected into new life with Him. This is when true life starts.
Making It Personal
What is something that you would struggling to give up if God asked you to? Why would it be a struggle? Have you ever thought that maybe it is a struggle because it is an idol?
Making It Personal Kids
How hard is it to give up something you really like? If Jesus asked you to give it up so you could focus more on Him, would you? How could giving it up show you love Jesus more?
Father, thank You for getting our attention when we are letting our focus slip from You. May our desire to live a life of faith show the depth of our love for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.