Speaking in Faith
“Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
Genesis 22:5 NLT
Yesterday, we talked about Abraham telling the servants to stay with the donkeys. We stressed the importance of separation from anything and anyone that would hinder our encountering the presence of God.
Today, we look at the second part of Abraham’s statement to the servants. This is such a powerful statement of faith that can be overlooked in a casual reading. Look and see if you notice anything unusual about Abraham’s words.
“We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
The first part is fine—Abraham and Isaac are going up the mountain to worship. It’s the second part that got my attention. “We will come right back.” It is the little word— “we.”
Abraham is speaking in faith. He is going up the mountain in obedience to God. He was told to sacrifice his son, Isaac, the promised son through whom God said He would build a great nation. Here was the contradiction that Abraham faced—God promised that through Isaac, a nation would arise, and yet, God told him to sacrifice Isaac.
The only solution Abraham could rationally come up with was that God was going to raise Isaac from the dead. In fact, the writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us in chapter eleven that Abraham received his son back from the dead. Before he ever went up the mountain, Abraham had decided he wasn’t coming down the mountain without Isaac.
Abraham was speaking by faith. He didn’t know what was going to happen, but he chose to believe the promise of God regardless of seeming contradictions.
Sometimes, we must confess God’s promises even when we don’t understand how they will work in our lives.
Holy Spirit, please help me to know God’s promises over me as a child of God. Help me to believe and confess Your promises even when I don’t fully understand what You are doing.
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