Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Genesis 22:2 (NIV)
I know something about your promises. What do you know about my promises? I know that your promises are true. I know that your promises are reliable. I know that your promises are trustworthy. I can place all my faith in your promises. You know some very important things about my promises. Can you say more? I know that you made a promise to Abraham. Yes, I did. You promised that out of Abraham you would make a great nation. You said that all the nations of the world would be blessed through him. You said that Abraham’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the sand on the seashore. Yes, I promised all of this to Abraham. This tells me more about your promises. What does this tell you? Sometimes, my belief in your promises will be tested. How so? Why do you come to this conclusion? If Abraham didn’t have a son, it would be impossible for your promises to come true for him. If he did not have a son, then he would have no descendants. His descendants would not be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the sand of the seashore. That’s true. Yet, you tested his faith in you. You tested his belief in your promises. Yes, I did. So, I ask myself these questions, “If you tested Abraham’s faith in you and his belief in your promises, will I not also be tested as I love, follow and serve you throughout my life?” “Will I not also need to place my faith in you?” “Will I not also need to rely on your promises?” Those are all very good questions to ask yourself. What is your answer to these questions? My faith in you and my belief in your promises will certainly be tested. I will need to place all my faith in you when I go through dark and difficult days. I will need to come to fully rely on your promises. Why else do you know this to be true? It was not only true in Abraham’s life. It has been true in the lives of all who have followed you. It has already been true in my own life. I have had days where all I could do to move forward with you was to place my faith in you and keep on believing in your promises. That is true. How has that worked out for you? You have never left me all alone. You have always been with me to help me. I have never regretted placing my faith in you and relying on your promises. That is very good. Yes, you and your promises are very good. For that you have my never-ending thanks and praise and worship. Keep me moving forward with you. Keep helping me to hold on to you and your promises. Yes, I will.
Heavenly Father, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am fully devoted to you. All my faith is in you. I will hold on to your promises as I go through dark and difficult days. I know you will accomplish your purposes and plans in my life. Amen
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