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Genesis 22:1-3

26 Apr

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.

Genesis 22:1-3

Dear God, I’ve journaled on this passage before. Some see it as a story about faith in you. I see it as a story about idolatry and repentance. I can only imagine what went through Abraham’s mind as he lie down trying to sleep that night. It says here he got up early, but I’ll bet he never went to sleep. How could he?

It’s those thoughts that probably ran through his head all night that fascinate me. I’ve never been in a situation nearly like that, with a horrific task ahead of me, but I’ve certainly had sleepless night when I knew I had something uncomfortable in my future. Abraham must have spent all night asking himself and you why he had to do this. Had he made an idol of his son? Was the promise you made about his descendants over? Should he go find Ishmael and Hagar and bring them back?

There are a lot of things that I can turn into idols, but probably the most common one with which I struggle is me. So much of the time, I put way too much confidence in my ability to handle situations and too much effort into how others see me. I think I’m better than I used to be at idolizing my wife or my children out of an insecure attempt to ensure their love. You helped to purify a lot of that out of me a few years ago. But I still struggle to be genuinely humble.

Father, I submit this whole area to you. You know my heart. You know how I love you. I pray that you will help me to decrease as you increase. Help me to use each moment as an opportunity to bring glory to you.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2018 in Genesis

 

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