I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. Genesis 22:17 NLT
Everyone wants to hear those words, “I will certainly bless you.” But as with everything else in life, those words didn’t enter Abraham’s life by chance. That blessing came with a price. So many times, you look at someone and see their accomplishments and you marvel and wonder, how did he do it! Well, he paid the price with long hours and sleepless nights.
The road to this blessing began in verse 2, “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. ”Look at the way that conversation began: “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him.” I’m quite sure Abraham did a double take! Remember, Abraham had to wait twenty-five years for the birth of that child. God promised Abraham that He would multiply his descendants through Isaac; now God is saying to sacrifice the child! I could just imagine the confusion in Abraham’s heart. He wanted to obey God but he loved his son so much.
Abraham decided to obey God. In spite of the conflict in his heart, he began the long journey to the land of Moriah. After three days, he saw his destination in sight. His son was confused and he inquired of his father: “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. verses 7-8. This was the price that Abraham was required to pay. He had to let go of his son, before he could experience the blessings of God in his life. When God saw his willing heart, he provided Abraham with a lamb for sacrifice. Abraham called the place, The Lord Will Provide. If you want the blessings of God in your life, you have to let go so God could provide the lamb and pronounce a blessing in your life.
Thought for Today: Friend, Let go and watch God provide.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.