A few weeks ago, my pastor spoke about Abraham and the time where God asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac. I've read this story in children's Bibles and it is very difficult to even think about. Can you imagine even considering sacrificing your child?
As I sat in church that Sunday, I realized that Abraham knew God would spare Isaac. He trusted God. On the way home, I'm telling Dale my revelation and he says, "Yeah, it says that in the Bible, I just didn't use that part in my sermon." Oh....so later at home, I took a few minutes to read Hebrews 11:17-19.
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, though God had promised him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted." Abraham assumed that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead. Hebrews 11:17-19 (NLT)
God had promised Abraham in Genesis 17:19 that He would confirm his covenant through Isaac. Abraham chose to hold on to that promise when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. I believe this was a very difficult time for Abraham, but he had God's promise to hold on to.
Hold on to the promises God has given you. In times of difficulty, remind yourself what God said He would do. He always fulfills His promises.