By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and he was offering his unique son, the one it had been said about, your seed will be traced through Isaac. He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead, and as an illustration, he received him back. Hebrews 11:17-19
God’s predictions and promises will, at some time in my life, appear to have been snuffed out by present circumstances. This was the position in which Abraham found himself.
- God promised him a son in his old age.
- That son would be the seed through which a nation would be born.
- But then God told him to sacrifice his son.
- Crisis ~ A nation can’t be born through a deceased boy of 17 who has never fathered a child.
What was Abraham to think next? God would either break His promise – which was an impossibility since God was true and holy. Or, God would have to resurrect Isaac after death. But since there were no recorded resurrections up until that point, the notion was original and outlandish with Abraham. Which would you believe? Which would I have believed when both seemed impossible?
We will each experience many times in our lives when our faith reaches a crisis point. Sometimes, it can be over the same issue as we see it ebb and flow from ‘unlikely’ to ‘somewhat promising.’ I am struggling with such a thing this morning. The fix is a review of God’s history, God’s power, and the sustaining effect of living in the Word which lives and abides forever.
Satan is the faith-killer. May he not succeed as we hold up our hands yet again for God’s peace and promises to come in like a flood.
By Your grace, and with Your angels if needed, don’t let me put my hands down. Amen