We are only a few days into this session of B90 and I've already been amazed at things that have jumped out to me from scripture. God has absolutely not disappointed in that I knew that He would not let this time in His word be fruitless or in vain. It just completely makes me that much more excited for the next months! I was nervous and overwhelmed when we were planning and getting started, but such an incredible peace has filled my heart from the moment I've been back digging in His word.
Something that REALLY stood out to me in yesterday's reading was in the story of Abraham and Isaac. I admit I thought about quickly reading through that portion of scripture since the story was so familiar, but I am so glad I slowed down to let it soak in. It's amazing how ONE word can TRULY grab your attention and speak to your heart.
Verse 5 in Chapter 22 (I'm reading from the NLT) jumped off the pages.
Abraham had already been asked to go to Moriah and take Isaac with him. He had been asked to do the unthinkable.
He didn't hesitate. He didn't waver. He didn't hold back. He didn't kick and scream. He didn't turn his back on God and say he had demanded too much.
Instead he walked ahead in faith. A BOLD FAITH!
Having read the story many times and heard or taught it countless times in Sunday school, I knew the outcome. I knew that God had a plan and that a ram would appear to take the place of Isaac. An angel would stop him from making that ultimate sacrifice.
Apparently Abraham knew that as well. He may not have known HOW it would happen or what God was going to do, but he TRUSTED and BELIEVED.
This one word is what grabbed me: "Will".
Abraham told his servants to stay with the donkey and that he and Isaac were traveling ahead a little farther. He told them that they would worship there and "we WILL COME RIGHT BACK".
He had the faith and confidence to know that he would be returning with his son.
Isn't that faith incredible? As much as I want mine to be that strong, I admit that I wouldn't have acted in the same way in that situation.
How I wish I had the faith of Abraham. I'm thankful for how much it has grown and how much deeper it gets every day, but oh how I wish I had the unwavering, solid, undoubting faith. Definitely have something to be working towards.