Abraham “Sacrifices” Isaac • Devotion #4: Confidence
Mary Jane Johns
My son-in-law, Chris is an exceptional human being. He is a geologist (the study of rocks) in North Dakota. Chris has been part of our family for about four years now, we love him to pieces, and he is a rock star! We also have the world’s greatest grandchildren, Calvin and baby ToriKate. But, I digress. When our daughter, Kaili Mae was expecting Cal, we were all elated! She was having a baby boy. What would this boy child look like? Whom would he favor in appearance, disposition, coloring, and eye color? What I failed to share with you is that Chris is an only child. Chris is adopted as well. His genetic history is somewhat of a mystery. However, we do know that Chris was and is very loved and very wanted.
There is a child in the Bible that was also very loved and very much wanted. Although Isaac was not adopted, he was the only child of Abraham and Sarah. For years they had longed for a babe to love and hold. God kept His promise to Abraham and Sarah (after a series of mishaps on both parts) by allowing Sarah to conceive at the age of 90 years old. I can not even imagine how she must have felt knowing at the age of 90 she was going to have a baby! How crazy is that? God showed complete and utter grace in this situation. Sarah is one of only two females listed in the Hall of Fame of Faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11. Verse 11 (NIV) says, “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”
Genesis 22:2 adds, “Take 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.” God continued on to command him to take two servants, a donkey, and set off on the 50-mile journey to the region of Moriah. God was asking Abraham for the ultimate sacrifice. What was God thinking? Asking Abraham to give his only son as a sacrifice instead of a clean lamb was just too much! Yet, in John 3:16 God did that very thing, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus, God’s Son was the ultimate sacrifice. He was offered up for us.
To make his son, Isaac, an offering was a test of character, will, and faith of Abraham. Earlier in Genesis, God specifically said that the promise would be through Isaac (Genesis 21:12). Abraham remained obedient. There was hope.
Genesis 22:8 says, “‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So they went both of them together.” Abraham, Isaac’s dad, was proceeding in faith toward the sacrifice and trusted that God would provide for them. That my friend is real faith. God did provide. God always provides. Whether it is a ram in the bushes, extra money to cover a bill, a child that a desperate couple desires, or a husband for your eldest daughter (Chris), He is faithful. Will you be obedient and trust God to provide for you, too?