What is the thing you struggle mostly with turning over to God? Is it family, career, marriage? What we often forget is that when we lay our treasures on God’s alter, he usually not only returns them to our care; but often in greater quantity or better quality.
Abraham trusted God–even with the son he waited a century to have. The great thing was that God never intended to allow the boy to be injured; he simply needed Abraham to see that he trusted Abraham as Abraham had trusted him. He not only spared Isaac–he made him the father of Israel–his chosen people. Make no mistake, Isaac witnessed the exchange between his dad and God–he was the heart of the discussion. He saw his father’s faith and his God’s mercy and from it became a godly man. No one left that day the same way they began it.
We have to continue to trust God–knowing he will prepare, protect and provide for us. Even when it seems hopeless, we must continue to trust him and allow him to reign in our lives. We have to be willing to lay even our most precious treasures on the alter as a sign of our faith in him–knowing all the while, like Abraham, He who provides such treasures will only bless that which we are willing to leave in his charge. That is the price and reward of genuine faith in God.
God Bless You
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “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.”
13 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. 14 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.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 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, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.