A SPECIAL INGREDIENT
Day # 8
Genesis 23:2 Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I shall show you.
God had given Abraham the promise that his son Isaac would continue the covenant relationship. It was a perfect recipe for success. A son born to Abraham in his old age would give him hope that his family would carry on under the blessing of the Lord God who had called him out of Haran to be his special people. What could go wrong with a recipe like that?
Your life is perfect or at least it is going according to your plan, your recipe. The recipe of life is complete – a family, a job, good health. Things are looking good. It is all systems go for launch and the lift off and flight looks great. What could go wrong? All the ingredients for a good life are brought together.
“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, and sacrifice him as a burnt offering.” Really? Abraham must be thinking that he heard God wrong. A burnt offering to God? Really? How is that possible? It isn’t a part of Abraham’s recipe for life. Yet, here it is. God’s command, not a request but a command. Do this. What is amazing is Abraham’s willingness to obey God. No argument. No complaint. Just compliance.
And faith. Faith that God would still make the recipe work. God would make things come out correctly. “God will provide himself the lamb for the burnt offering,” he tells Isaac. (Gen. 23:8) Faith in God. Faith that God had the recipe in hand.
So it is for us. We are to have faith in God in all circumstances, even when the recipe changes due to illness or loss of job or some other major change to the recipe of our lives. Faith that God knows what He is doing and will work it out.
Prayer: God, You asked of Abraham what You would one day do Yourself. You were willing to sacrifice Your Son for all of us. Help each of us to have the faith in You and Your Word in all circumstances, even those which I do not understand. Amen.