I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. – Isaiah 46:10
What do you do when your promise seems to miss the mark; when the circumstances you endure seem to contradict rather than align with what God spoke to you? We can learn how to victoriously overcome these encounters by taking notes from Abraham’s book. Let’s check out Genesis…
“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.” – Genesis 22:2
When God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac this was surely an extreme test of faith. Even though it was a strange and rather difficult request, Abraham walked in obedience. Nevertheless, before they arrived at the destination where the sacrifice was to take place, Abraham did something many of us neglect to do in our spiritual walks. Instead of speaking what he saw, he spoke what he knew (what God told him) and what he wanted to see.
On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “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 22:4-5
God had already told Abraham that Isaac was his chosen son. So although what God requested contradicted what He promised, Abraham held onto his faith and remained obedient.
It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again… – Hebrews 11:17-19
Many times as believers we start our spiritual journeys with exuberance and great expectation. However, over time as we encounter various storms and trials, our faith in God’s promises begin to waver. So instead of trusting God to fulfill His promises, we focus on what we currently see (our circumstances) rather than what we saw (our promise).
Here’s what we can learn from Abraham’s great display of faith:
1. Be obedient. – No matter how unimaginably hard God’s command was for Abraham, he didn’t disobey Him. Although it’s not always easy to be obedient, let’s strive to follow Abraham’s example.
2. Speak life into your circumstances. – Don’t delay your promises by speaking idle words. Hold on to what God promised you even when your situation appears dim.
3. Believe what God told you. – The reason Abraham obeyed God and spoke life is because he had faith in Him. You can’t be double-minded and expect to receive the promises of God. In moments where your promise appears to miss the mark, what allows you to keep hope alive is your faith. So get some!
Don’t miss out on what God is doing because of what He’s doing. (You’ll catch that in a minute.) Isaiah 55:8 tells us that “God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways.” Therefore, even though it may look like you’re going through the fire, in the end you’re only being refined. We must be stripped of all the things not like God so when the light hits our lives the only thing we reflect is His glory. So count it all joy! There will be glory after this.
Peace and love.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. – Hebrews 6:12 (NLT)