HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! To one and all who may read Fire and Hammer, and welcome to 2009.
The thought I have for today is concerning faith, and I want us to consider the “faith of Abraham” when the LORD called him to sacrifice Isaac. When I last wrote of this event covering verse two, we saw that it was THE TEST OF A LIFETIME. This time let us look at verse 3:
“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.” Genesis 22:3 (KJV)
This was something completely new to Abraham. God had promised Isaac from since before entering the promised land from Ur, and now God was saying “Sacrifice your son…” It seems as though Abraham does not question, but rises early the very next morning, following the command from God, makes all the preparations, saddling his donkey, gathering servants to help him; getting his son Isaac up and about, cutting the wood, then heading off for “the place of which God had told him”
From the time Abraham left he was being obedient to the “heavenly vision”, following God’s direction. He had no clue how this was going to end, but Abraham journeys on in the direction he was to go. In the mind and heart of Abraham Isaac was dead, but he believed in the power of God and bodily resurrection (Hebrews 11:17-19). After all, God had promised him to be a great people, and nation.
As we begin this New Year, we are somewhat like Abraham. No we are not called to sacrifice our children – sons or daughters – but we are entering a time when we do not know what is ahead, and of course, every new day is like that.
As a Christian I have been called to give my life a “Living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him” (Romans 12:1). Christians are also called to go in the direction of a place which God has told us of. With our eyes on Jesus we will make it. That faith of Abraham is our faith. It is the faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross of Calvary. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
Are you going to that place Jesus is preparing for you. If so abide in that faith that comes through Jesus Christ. If not, look to Jesus Christ and begin that journey today.
-Tim A. Blankenship