Men & Women in the Word: Old Testament

Day 8: Isaac

Genesis 22:1-19, Genesis 25:11, Genesis 26:1-5, Genesis 26:12-25, John 3:16-17

 

Parents often have to do the impossible. I’ve had to hold my daughter down, along with two other nurses, while another nurse gave her a shot in the leg, as tears rolled down her cheeks. We’ve all had to do difficult tasks because we knew they needed to be done.

I can’t imagine what Abraham did. Can you? We read about it, sure; we can visualize it as our eyes zip past the words. But can you imagine being Abraham, putting your own son on the altar, and having a conversation with him in the middle of it all? How could Abraham go through with this?

Abraham’s trust in God, at least here in Genesis 22, is the high watermark in his walk with God. He obeyed in the midst of confusion. He gathered every branch needed for the fire, bundled them tight, and placed them on his son’s back. He remembered to grab his knife. Every footprint Abraham left on that mountain was evidence of his faith in God, because he knew God’s promise to bless the nations through Isaac would stand, and he believed “God [was able] to raise someone from the dead” (Hebrews 11:19).

Abraham knew God would provide (Genesis 22:8). Either an animal would be found at just the right moment or God would raise Isaac from the dead. And just at the right time, a substitute was provided for Isaac. God came through. Period.

Brothers, do you believe that today? Whatever you are going through, whatever you have been through, or whatever is heading your way—God will provide. As the risen Lord Jesus told our brother Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Here’s why His grace is sufficient for you: At the right time, Jesus was offered up for you. Jesus bore the weight of humanity’s sin—He did it for you and for me. The Lord provided. And His power is what we need in our weakness. It is resurrection power, and it can breathe life into what was once dead. God provides, always, and His timing is always right.

Written by J.A. Medders