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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 7/Heroes: Isaac

I can’t pretend to know what Abraham said to Isaac to convince him to allow himself to be bound and placed on a pile of wood like an animal for a sacrifice. Abraham was 113 or so. Isaac could have outrun him. He could have outmuscled him.

What we do know is that Isaac certainly knew that he was the son of the promise. He knew an extraordinary miracle that caused his being. He was certainly loved. As a dad, every now and then I get caught staring at my boys, marveling at how much I love them and what gifts they are. They look at me and say, “What?” and I just hug them tight and say, “I love you.” I’m sure that Abraham said the same. Isaac felt safe with his dad. He knew his dad looked at him and saw a gift.

We know that Isaac asked, “Where’s the sacrifice?” Abraham said, “The Lord will provide.” I’m sure that at some point, Isaac asked aloud or internally, “Why?” and never got an answer, but he trusted his dad who trusted the Lord.

There are so many times in life where we ask “Why?” Never forget that you are a gift. “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3 (NLT) Trust your Father in Heaven. “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:31-32 (NLT).

Scripture

Genesis 22, Romans 8:21-39

Prayer

Father, you are always good to me. Forgive us when I forget when things are happening that I don’t understand. Thank you for loving me anyway and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.