Lent Day 7: Abraham Withheld Nothing

Ok, last day with Abraham.  I can’t help but point out his growth in his tendency toward control.   Abraham had grown so much in his belief that he didn’t have to control situations in order for things to turn out alright. His reply to Isaac about the sacrifice was, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Gen 22:8)  The story continues:
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.” 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place Moriah, The LORD Will Provide. (Gen 22:9-14)
I love God’s proclamation to Abraham, “Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”  That sums up the growth in Abraham over these years since the original promise.  Abraham no longer tried to control God, but was fully submitted to Him through this willingness to give up the very thing he loved more than anything else, his son Isaac.  This story begs the question of me, what is it that I am hanging onto, trying to control because I fear that the Lord won’t provide it?  Today I am encouraged to believe that the Lord Will Provide!

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