The story of Abraham and Isaac is ever so popular. Ask any body who has been in church much as a child and I'm certain they would know the story. However, I think as adults we should examine the story because as a kid, we see things totally different.
As I read through the story today, I was reminded of my own personal walk with Christ. Not that I am like Abraham by any means.
Araham went through a large portion of his life wanting a son. He wanted a son so much that he was willing to listen to poor advice and have one with another woman even after God told him he would have a son.
I can only imagine what this is like, but it makes me wonder what in my life have I done, that I did my own way, that was not what God had planned for me. How has that affected where I am now? How much pain has that caused that I have yet to see?
(hat's not the point of this blog...but something to think about none-the-less)
As we know, Abraham did end of having a son with his wife, and then after several years go buy he is asked to sacrifice his son. I can't imagine what that would be like. Would I be willing to sacrifice my own son just to proove my love for God? I think it goes beyond that though. I think God knew how much Isaac meant to Abraham and wanted to see if he would hold anything back from Him. Would I be willing to do that? What has God asked me to give up in my life...to turn over as a sacrifice to God? Have I been willing. Have I held on to it and said "ah...nah...this means to much to me."
I know there are a lot of other variables and lessons we can learn from this, but it just really makes me think about what I may have missed that was part of God's plan because I spent too much time thinking about what I wanted and thinking I knew more than He did. Abraham said, "God will provide" Do I believe that.....Do I REALLY believe that?
To that, I agree with the man in Mark 9:24. "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief"