Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Ultimate Test

The story of a father and a son

An early morning journey

A son with many questions

A man that fears the Lord

A God that will ALWAYS provide

The story of Abraham and Isaac evokes emotion in me every time I read it. I know the story, I know the ending, yet the thought of leading one of my children away and laying them down on the altar brings me to tears.

I have spent days reading this story. One specific note in my notebook sticks out on the page. One statement that impacts me more than any other.

Give Our Children To God!

Who am I to think that I can protect them more than He can?

Here are more of my observations of Abraham as a father:
  • He feared the Lord
  • He trusted that God would provide
  • He believed that God would protect
  • He obeyed the Lord
  • He gave His son to the Lord that day
Abraham was blessed by God in one of the greatest acts of obedience recorded in the Bible. His trust in the Lord was deepened, his character strengthened. Abraham was put to the ultimate test and he passed.

I know that God is in control. I know that God is protecting my children. It is time for me to give my children to Him. I will teach them His ways and pray for them faithfully and He will provide and guide them as they grow.



Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

This is a wonderful post for any parent to read. It is all about trust isn't it? I have been thinking about this in relation to having kids in school or at home lately and I can't help but think I am showing a lack of trust in God by keeping them at home. But then I think of the arguments for and get confused again!!!
Excellent post Amy.
Collette x

Layton Family Joy said...

oh YES! There is so much freedom in releasing our children back (yes BACK) into God's control and care. I read that in Stepping Heavenward and prayed it - never felt more at peace with their lives!


Meghan said...

Coming over from iFellowship. I love your blog! Your posts are amazing. Thank you for linking up and can't wait to get to know you better.


Cherie said...

Hi Amy. Stopped in for a quick hello. Totally agree with your post today! Let go and let God!

Theresa said...

Hi. I am visiting from iFellowship. Great post. I look forward to reading more.

Sue said...

Amen! What a great post!!!
Blessings to you from iFellowship,
Sue :)

Summer said...

I love this story in the Bible. I am one of those people who ask, "What happens next?"
This story was one of those for me. What happened next? What happened to the relationship between father and son? Needless to say the Bible does share that the son had no contact with the father after this. Hmmm wonder why? This story was also my first taste as a child of how cruel our God can be at times.
I think it's a healthy story to teach and learn because it's wrong to assume that God is our always happy, always loving friend. As my mom told me as a child when I would be naughty.
You know Summer God has given and God can taketh away.
I sadly would fail this test. If I heard a voice tell me to kill my son. I would probably tell it to stick it where the sun don't shine.
So it makes one think. Knowing God knows this about me. Will I be tested? When it is most important to not fail in His eyes, will I?
Something for me to think about.