Genesis 22:9-12: Offering up your ‘Isaac’
“9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. 12 ‘Do not lay a hand on the boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’ ” NIV UK
Although there were many things Abraham did not know for certain, He could be sure that God was in this (9). The Lord doesn’t promise to answer all our questions, but He does expect our complete obedience. Warren Wiersbe comments: ‘Abraham loved his son, but he loved God more…If the gift becomes more important than the Giver, it becomes an idol.’
I remember being at ‘Spring Harvest’ – a Christian holiday week – many years ago. These were the days when it was held at ‘Pontins’, Prestatyn. One morning, the Bible teacher spoke so clearly and powerfully about this passage. He said God asked Abraham for Isaac. But He didn’t really want Isaac, He wanted Abraham. When it was obvious that Abraham was God’s man absolutely, He gave Isaac back. The speaker talked about how we often have the same experience when we ‘offer up our Isaac’s’.
God is totally trustworthy. You don’t have to understand all He is doing to put your hand in His. He will not let you down.