We have been in a powerful series of interrupted lives. Powerful examples of God bursting into the routine of life and changing things forever! From the Apostle Paul, to John the Baptist, to Moses, and now this week to the father of all father’s, Father Abraham.
I don’t know if you could have a greater example of a life interrupted, and so many other affected by it, as you have with Abraham’s experience with his son Isaac. Abraham had waited 100 years to have God give to him his beloved son Isaac. After having him through childhood and in to young adulthood God sets aside a special moment and said to Abraham, “take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2)
There is a moment in a father’s life like none other: the moment their child is born. Wow, absolutely nothing like it! Can you imagine the impact of that moment after waiting 100 years? Now can you imagine the impact of this moment: giving up that precious miracle that had been promised to you and that you have longed for all of your life? Interruption x infinity! We can’t even begin to comprehend that moment.
God tests us to cause us to grow and be blessed, and to bless Him. Satan tempts us to cause us to fail and be cursed. Big difference between tested and being tempted! Abraham was interrupted abruptly and given the final exam, the big test.
God had promised Abraham that through his Son all the nations of the earth would be blessed, so what gives? What was God doing? It all hinged on one condition, “If you obey my voice”. The covenant that God had made with Abraham that would effect mankind right up until you and I today was based on the decision to move forward in faith and obey God’s directive.
As soon as Abraham did, he lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off (Genesis 22:4). Understanding the reward came by faith and not the other way around Abraham saw all the way to calvary, the Hill of Golgatha which was the same mount he stood on with his son, Mount Moriah. God then experienced Abraham’s true sacrificial, unconditional love.
We are after the provision, God is after the experience: the experience of knowing we will not allow anything to come between us and Him! Then God said, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice!” (Genesis 22:18)
So what is your Isaac? What is it that you are walking hand in hand with and God is saying to you, “are you willing to give it up to me?” God is waiting to experience your unconditional, all sacrificing love to Him! Why don’t you bless Him and say, “here it is Lord, I give it to you.”