Letting go can be hard, especially when you know that the very thing that you have to let go of, was given to you by God. It hurts. This must have been how Abraham felt when God tested him with his son Isaac. It must have been the hardest decision he ever had to make, and even though it hurt his heart, Abraham trusted God. I know at one point he may have thought that God had him wait one hundred years for a son, only to take him away? I can see him still walking with Issac alongside him. Walking in the midst of uncertainty. Walking despite the negative voices that tried to discourage him from doing what God had said. Walking and declaring that God would provide a lamb for the sacrifice but even He didn’t, Abraham was ready to give God his all! He was ready to let go of something he had waited his entire life for. Even in the midst of all this, Abraham kept walking until he got to the place where he made an alter, ready to sacrifice his son. When God saw this, He stopped Abraham in his tracks and told him not to harm his son, and that he sees that Abraham fears Him and didn’t withhold his son from Him. Abraham looked up and God had provided a ram in the bush. God provided, just like Abraham said! There are two things we need to remember when we choose to hold onto something that God is telling us to let go of, the first thing to remember from this passage is that we need to trust God’s plan, even when we don’t understand! We show Him that we trust Him by walking by faith, just as Abraham did, and not by sight. Knowing God makes provision for us. (Read Hebrews 11:17-19) We need to also declare God’s Word over our life, even when we don’t see what we speak. If we just keep walking and declaring God’s Word, we will walk into the blessings God has for us! The second thing we learn from the test of Abraham’s faith is that we need to be willing to put it all on the line for God. What I mean by this is, God has to come before anyone or anything in our lives. We must be willing to walk away when certain seasons in our life has come to an end. Sometimes we get too comfortable and God has to come shake things up in our life to expand our faith. What are you willing to put on the line to show God that you’re serious about your relationship with him? Instead of trying to control everything, how about laying all your burdens on the alter, and watch what God does with them. Instead of holding on to someone who has let go of you, how about letting go, and trusting God to turn that pain into purpose. Instead of staying in a position that God is telling you to blindly walk away from, how about you trust Him and venture out to starting that business you’ve always dreamed of having! Whatever it is that God is telling you to let go of, just-let-go! It’s all a test of your faith. Will you continue to comfortably hold on to what’s familiar or good in your eyes, or will you let go and trust what God is about to do in your life, even when it hurts and you don’t completely understand?
King James Version (KJV)
22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.