Most of the time, when I hear this story shared, I hear about Abraham’s love for his son, and Abraham’s obedience to God. However, what gripped my heart as I read this to Bella Grace was Isaac’s confidence in his Father’s love. This children’s Bible points out that as he bound him up and put him on the altar, the Bible doesn’t state any struggle. I believe Isaac trusted in his father’s voice, just like Abraham trusted in God’s voice. I believe that the scripture was hiding such a beautiful lesson in the beloved Isaac. He was God’s promise to them, and Abraham’s only son. What volumes that speaks to me as a parent to two beautiful children and to me as a daughter. I want to be found faithful listening to my heavenly Father’s voice, even when I don’t understand because I know that He LOVES me. As I obey the Lord and love my child, the Lord will lead us through every situation. I want to obey every command out of LOVE trusting and knowing God has my best interest in mind. I want to love my children well that they know every decision we make as a family comes from love. Clearly, the situation looked bad, but as he yielded to what his father told him to do the Lord honored both the son’s obedience to his earthly father and Abraham’s devotion to God through loving his son.
2.) “Christ honors our submission even when our only motivation is obedience.” -yikes!
3.) “The same job subjected to Christ’s authority can yield entirely different results.” -now that’s what I’m talking about!
4.) “Christ’s willingness to empower us can overwhelm us.” -Amen!
Verse of the Day
Throughout life, we encounter hurdles, obstacles and distractions that take our attention away from God. Today, when you come up against these things, take a breath and instead focus on the things described in Philippians 4.
Philippians 4:8 : Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things.
Verse of the Day
As you prepare for the week ahead, remember how God asks us to treat others, displaying His love and grace to ALL we come into contact with.
1 Peter 3:4 : You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.