December 3, 2013

Abraham & Isaac - Genesis 22:1-19

While we’d like to think that all “thin places” lead to an overall warm and fuzzy feeling toward God, Abraham’s first “thin place” in today’s passage did just opposite. Being obedient to God is not easy, but the reward and the blessings that result are immeasurable. Because of his obedience, Abraham was led to experience a second “thin place,” and this time, he got to experience it with his son. Abraham proved that he was 100% God’s servant. In his song, When I Lay My Isaac Down, Billy Fields concisely applies this lesson to our lives today:

Most of us I’d dare to say
With an Isaac in God’s way
On this Altar you can prove
It’s not your Isaac that God wants
He wants you.

I suspect Jesus might have been thinking about Abraham and Isaac when he said in Luke 14:26: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”

What is your “Isaac”? How do you show the world you are an obedient servant of God?