“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.
So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.”—Isaiah 43:1-5
“I’ve given up on doing this alone now
Cause I failed and I’m ready to be shown how
You’ve told me the way, and I’m trying to get there
And this life sentence that I’m serving
I admit that I’m every bit deserving
But the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair”—Be My Escape-Relient K (via lookinggforlove)
Been thinking about Genesis 22 today and it’s really challenged me.
It tells a story of Abraham, who is asked to sacrifice his son as an offering to God. This son is no ordinary son, Abraham’s son was a huge answer to prayer. He was a miracle baby, and God promised that his descendents would be more than the numbers in the sky. Sarah was over 90 years old when she had her son, and it was unlikely they’d have another.
But despite this, Abraham still, without question, but I’m sure with a great deal of pain, started the journey to the place where he would sacrifice his son. Could you imagine how painful this would have been? Abraham doesn’t go ‘hang on, didn’t you promise me this son?’ ‘what about all my descendents I’ve been promised’. His obedience is admirable; without a word he just follows God.
As the knife is in the air, God says stop, and out of a bush appears a Lamb. But God says "Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” God just wanted to know that Abraham would be obedient, even when it was something most dear to him.
Somtimes God asks us to be obedient in small things, like not going to a certain party or watching a certain film. Sometimes it’s bigger things, like breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, not going to the university you hoped to, laying down a dream or quitting a job. But if God asks us to be obedient, we need to be. I’m not saying this lightly, sometimes it is the most agonising thing you could do. It takes a high level of trust, but the rewards are so great if we just obey him. He’s not looking to make our life miserable, but give us the absolute best! He knows what he’s doing and he’s got it all worked out. With great obedience comes great blessing. :)