This one is combined of 13 and 14. I think it would be worth dwelling on a couple of verses from the past readings. I just realized that I am a slow reader. 🙂 Slow to digest, and slow to read. There are certain things that linger in my thoughts. Let me make this a little personal–
Last night, we had our boy’s hangout session. While it was mildly chaotic (yep, still working on those minor glitches), there has been certain themes that God impressed upon me.One of the things I shared about was Abraham and Isaac(which I wrote about last time)– Basically the time when Abraham was about to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God.
Among the things that was brought up was the immediacy of Abraham’s obedience. The very next day after God had told him to offer his son as a sacrifice, he went. No questions asked. 🙂
Josh asked an interesting question, “I wonder what Abraham was thinking at that time?”
On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. Genesis 22:4
Imagine that, three days of travel to get to the foot (not the peak) of the mountain. Three days of traveling with Isaac, and this is with Abraham having full knowledge of what he was asked to do. At this point, he asked his men (possibly his servants who were traveling with them) to wait for them at the foot. This time, Abraham was traveling alone with Isaac. Who knew how long it took to travel to the top? But imagine the inner struggle Abraham must have felt at that point.
Lean added some interesting points. Isaac was God’s promised child to Abraham, and consider this… God promised Abraham that his descendants would be numerous. But now God is asking Abraham to give up his only son (meaning, his only chance of ever having descendants “as numerous as the stars”)…
What I got from this is that even if things don’t make sense, press on. Aha! Relating it to one of my previous posts…
“Don’t look back, and don’t stop…”
Keep moving forward. Walk up to that top of the mountain, in full obedience knowing that at the top… even after numerous trials and obstacles, even after all the fear, worry, and dread, even after all the second guessing…Just keep in mind that “God has a plan, a hope and a future… and it is for our good!” (paraphrase of Jeremiah 29:11)
PS: Later I will go with Lean to the Virginia group, I have to say, I’m pretty excited. JC is going to be joining us. (Which is an answered prayer)