And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”  Genesis 22:7

            Today’s devotional is for one in a thousand.  If you resonate with how Isaac might have felt, than I am thanking God for the privilege of writing this morning because not everyone has an Isaac-kind of story.  Yes, everyone suffers because we live in a fallen world, but not everyone is handpicked to sacrifice in a way that is so very solitary.

            To how many could Isaac relate his story and know that they would understand what he was talking about?  Precious few.  What God required of him and his father was steep.  Being ‘chosen’ meant excruciating testing.  Was there a moment, even for a split second, when Isaac said to himself, “This can’t be happening. Surely, I’m not the sacrifice!”

            Have you ever had such a thought?  “Surely, God hasn’t asked me to suffer such things!”  The story you are living, or have lived – few know.  You understand that if you told the whole story, it would cause others to stumble in their understanding of who God is.

Though you and He are at peace, and the deep wisdom gained from taking up your cross is securely tucked in your soul, it is hard to communicate these thoughts to anyone else.  What you want to convey and what they hear are two different things.

              If you’ve lived a crushing story ~ one that was God-shaped ~ then you know how different your life looks from others.  You find it hard to relate to those who talk of having been a cheerleader, or played soccer in the backyard after school, or those who took fun family trips and the myriad of other ‘normal’ childhood kind of memories people tell each other.

            God afflicts the choicest of his servants.  I’ve met many of them.  When hearing some of their stories, it’s hard not to point a finger at God and tell Him He’s a bad Father.  But I’ve learned that this is a gross mis-judgment.  They are really blessed!  To the degree that they have been tested, God proportionately grants hidden blessings that are unfathomable.  He opens the heavens and reveals Himself in ways that they may never find the words to speak of.  This doesn’t even include the heavenly rewards that await them and the incredible impact they presently have on others while few know the secrets of their anointed spiritual power.

            The severe testing of Isaac and Abraham had a glorious ending.  Their deliverance and joy has been spoken of throughout the ages but none felt the depths of it more than these two!  Only those who have lived it understand their story.

            If you’re suffering under the hand of God, being shaped for leadership, trust God.  He is a good Father.

I pray for every one who can’t tell their story because there aren’t words for it.  Amen 

2 thoughts on ““I Can’t Believe You’d Ask Me To Do This!”

  1. Healing in Iowa says:

    In a recent discussion with a pastor of a church I had visited, I told a few small pieces of my story. His response was to ask me, “Have you searched your heart and asked God what sins you might have committed to have caused this to happen to you.”
    Contrast that with 3 close friends who have known me for years who have spoken into my life of how they see an anointing on my life, and that God has a plan for my future which will be more miraculous than I can comprehend.

    Its easy to get caught up in the negativity–to become depressed and focused on the circumstances. BUT GOD. I love that phrase. What more needs to be said? But God always has a plan to make our circumstances reflect His glory. Just like the story of Isaac, or Joseph. This to me is the miracle, that I’m learning to trust Him again.

  2. Myrtle Pfister says:

    Wow….such timing this came today….thanks for the courage to post this and to encourage those of us who understand the path we are living, that is so different than others, so unique and so incredibly faith building, filled with many rocks, potholes and sinkholes. Yet, we trust that God is still there and loves us in the midst of it all. Your post today has surely been sent by the Holy Spirit and it ministered to me in such a profound way……I was told I am overwhelming when speaking to someone a few months ago….I am overwhelming because some people would not come back I was told in response to a group I was thinking of joining, it was a grief group, to many losses in such a short time.. God showed me that although He loves us with an everlasting love, we humans cannot comprehend many times the unfathomable things that happen to other Christians…..and for some it would jeopardize their faith and walk with Christ….That being said I am careful what I say and ask God to give me discernment to know ….I long to bring others closer to Christ.

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