Thursday, December 26, 2019

Could You Trust?

Do you remember the first time that your child spent the night away from you? Do you remember his/her first vacation away from you? Have you had any children leave home?










I remember a time.....





I was pregnant with Taylor. We were at Walmart and I was tired. After being there a while, T and I look around and realized that Phillip was not with us. Can you say "panic central"?





I searched in a short location, since I was so tired, and Tim did a wider search of the store. Finally, one of us decided to check the area at the front of the store. I think it is called a vestibule, but it is the area with the game machines. We had told him that he could play something on our way out. I guess he couldn't wait because that is where he was when we found him.





Now, fast forward to his packing up his car and leaving home. This time, it wasn't panic central, but I was depressed for days after he left.





Okay, let's read Genesis 22:1-18 about Abraham being told, by the Lord, to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.





Genesis 22:1-18 NIV 





Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 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. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 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.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord , that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”










I can't help but wonder what must have been going through Abraham's mind. Was he feeling panicked at the thought of what he had to do?





However, he followed through. He trusted that the Lord would provide.





When I look at this situation, it causes me stress just thinking about it. What if I were in that position and the Lord asked me to sacrifice one of my children? Could I follow through? Would I be able to trust that the Lord would step in and provide?





Thank goodness that we no longer live in a time where we need to make sacrifices. Jesus was our sacrifice. God willingly offered Him for us. He provided for our needs.





Prayer:





Dear Father, 





Thank you for Abraham. Thank you for stepping in and providing that ram. Thank you for offering your only son, Jesus, to provide for my needs. He died to take away my sins. He died so that I could be forgiven and have a way to reach you. Thank you so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.












Humble Beginnings


Remember, You Are Seen


Joseph Followed Through


Don't Miss The Boat


















Do you remember the first time that your child spent the night away from you?
Do you remember his/her first vacation away from you?
Have you had any children leave home?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load. 






















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