On yesterday, I have the privilege to deliver God’s word at our church. Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS. I spoke from Genesis 22, when God instructed Abraham to offer his only son Isaac, whom he loved, as a burnt offering. A burnt offering that meant, whatever was being placed on the altar was to be burned in its entirety. Can you imagine what Abraham must have felt? Could you imagine being in his place?
However, here’s the blessing of the text. Isaac trusted his father. We can surmise that Isaac was of age where he could have fought being tied down to an altar. Yet, bible says in Genesis 22:9, “…Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.” Why would Isaac go along with this, knowing what was about to happen? He trusted his father. Why? He’d never let him down before and his father told him, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.” He trusted his father.
Today, will you trust your Father God, the one who’s never let you down. Will you, child of God, who has been praying but on the verge of giving up, trust your father? For you, who woke up, fed up, messed up and tired; will you trust your father. For you who feel as if nothing you do, works and no matter how you pray, you cannot seem to get ahead; will you trust your father. Because here’s the truth of the matter, you may not be carrying the wood, on your way to the mountain but you’re carrying worry. You may not be carrying the thing to start the fire, but you’ve been fighting. God may not have asked you to offer yourself as a burnt offering but baby, some of y’all feel like you’ve been through hell’s fire and racked over the coals of condition, circumstance and struggle.
Here’s what I need you to do … pray, fast, faith this thang, get up and trust your father. Why should you? Because He’s never let you down. Yes, you may blame Him for some things that have happened in your life (it’s okay), you may be questioning Him about some more things (you can), you might be mad at Him about this & that (it’s okay); but if you’d take a real good look, you’d see that God has never left you. God, your father, is still right there and if you call Him, He’ll answer.
Pray, fast, faith this thang called life, get up and trust your Father.