“By faith Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead” (Hebrews 11:19).
What has died in your life? Your marriage? Your future goals? Your plans? Your hopes? Your dreams? Your faith? You sit there staring at this thing that you built your life around as its heart slowly stops beating. What do you do now? Where do you go from here? Why should you even bother to do or to go anymore? I’m not talking about simple everyday disappointments; I’m talking about those soul-crushing desperations that drain your hope and leave you empty. I’m talking from experience. I’ve been in those places, I’ve felt the heart-rending pain. I’ve buried hopes and dreams – and yes I’ve even buried my faith.
But the God who created me is also the God who brings life from death. Abraham understood that – God had made promises to him that centered on his son Isaac, then God asked him to put his son on and altar of sacrifice. Abraham didn’t understand God’s plan, but he knew God would never make a promise He didn’t intend to fulfill. He knew that whatever God had in mind by making this request of him, He would still be faithful to the promise of descendants – coming from the very son over whom he now held a knife.
I’m sure you know the story, and if not check out Genesis 22. God stayed Abraham’s hand and brought Isaac from the brink of death. God fulfilled His good promise. The thought that runs through my mind over this account is not that Isaac had to die, but that Abraham’s dependence on Isaac had to die. Abraham had to put all his hopes in God, not in Isaac. Now, the question for you and me is, what are we depending on? A hefty bank account? A great job? A college degree? (That one is for me.) Who are we depending on? A spouse? Children? Parents? A significant other? God had to put some things to death that I was building my life around. He had to break my dependence on things and people so that all I had left to depend on was Him. It wasn’t just to bring me pain; it was to bring life out of death. It was to let the perishable die so that the imperishable could live. Beloved, in God’s hands is life – everlasting and abundant. You can trust Him to resurrect what you have buried. You can trust Him with your heart.
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