The Bold & The Brave | Abraham
We're so honoured to be sharing a new post from one of our Stateside sisters this weekend, looking at one of the Fathers of the faith: Abraham, who laid his dreams down in an act of radical obedience and trust. This is bravery!
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MP Team x
Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were dreamers. They wanted to have a baby boy together. This seemed impossible for so many reasons: they hadn’t been able to conceive up to this point and they were both getting older. In their own efforts, Sarah and Abraham tried to have a child with Hagar, and she ended up giving birth to Ishmael. There wasn't necessarily anything wrong with them having a baby, but they were not opening themselves up to seeing the faithfulness of God in their lives by witnessing Him providing in an extraordinary way.
When you strive to make your dreams happen you might be successful; but when you partner with God you see the impossible, become possible.
"I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her, I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her."
God partnered with Abraham and Sarah’s dream. God chose an ordinary man to father an entire nation. God blessed their promise far beyond what they could imagine. Through their son, Abraham’s descendants would be more than the stars in the sky.
So now what? I think the moment after God spoke His truth to them, their faith faced opposition. Often when we hear God to move in a certain direction in our lives, we have opportunity to either take God at His word or decide that God is too small for the promise.
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
God provided against all odds: a biological clock, a closed womb. It is God’s heart to see our dreams and His through. He is faithful to the end.
After some time, God visits Sarah and she conceives the promised son. Isaac is born when Abraham is 100 years old. This Son was not only evidence of God’s fulfillment of promises, but the key to fulfilling the rest of God’s promises to Abraham
God likes to use ordinary people and impossible situations to reveal His glory. Time and time again we are able to marvel at His goodness in every situation. His character is strong and His love is big.
Fast forward a few years, Abraham demonstrates his maturity, growth and trust in God by his very willingness to sacrifice the gift God has given him (Isaac). By sacrificing Isaac, he is willing to sacrifice the very promise God had made him to be the Father of many nations. He yields to the authority of God in his life, leading his miracle son up to the altar.
“Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2)
Can you imagine the amount of courage it would take to say yes to God if He asked you to take your promised son, whom you’ve waited for, who carries so much destiny, who GOD gave you as a sacrifice, to the altar?
The Word doesn’t say whether Abraham questioned God’s voice in this situation; I know that I would want confirmation on making such a sacrifice. But, Abraham is so in love with God and he trusts the Father’s heart in such a big way that he was willing to let go of the promise. He knows God’s power and has a healthy fear of the Lord.
Brave is a man who is ready to face the things that scare him. Brave is the one willing to lay it all down.
Climbing the mountain together, Isaac must’ve known something was off, because Abraham didn’t bring an animal with them. They create the altar, lay down the wood, he bound his son to the altar, and draws out a knife.
Pause. Wait, What? Such faith and such fear of the Lord. He is about to lay it all down before the feet of the King. What a beautiful moment.
I know there will be many times where God will ask us to lay down our desires, dreams, talents, relationships, or goals. What we don’t always realise is that His best is so much better than our best. Sometimes our perception of what’s best, isn’t always His best. He doesn’t desire for us to hold onto things so tightly that He can’t move. He wants you to have an open hand so that He can be in relationship with us, and so that we don’t have to do things by ourselves.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” (Genesis 22:12)
Be bold in letting God take care of your wants and needs. Sometimes we have an idea of what they look like, and how to accomplish them - but this isn’t always what God would have you do. The kingdom is upside down and backwards.
"For the wisdom of the world is folly with God…"
(1 Corinthians 3:19)
Hold on to the dreams and promises and be faithful in the waiting. You can steward the dream well by praising God in the seemingly small victories He brings.
As long as you know how to let go, He can put it back in your hands.
And so if there is something in front of you that scares you or a decision you need to make, be brave. Ask God what to do with it. I promise, He definitely wants relationship with you and would love to be a part of your life in any measure.
“Obedience isn’t a lack of fear. It’s just doing it scared.” – Jen Hatmaker
“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
Thought: God absolutely wants something for you in this season. Receive what He has for you as well as the promises given about those dreams.
Action: Pray, ask God how to be obedient and trust in the promises He’s given you.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Whitney works remotely as a graphic designer whilst studying at ministry school in Redding, California. A dreamer, creative genius and donut-lover, Whitney loves spending time outdoors and pursuing fitness. She's enjoying embarking on new adventures in California and is passionate about seeing people encounter the heart of God.