Saturday, March 12th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 22)
Thwarted: By Abraham's Excellence
By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son--blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My Voice.
Genesis 22:16-18 (NKJV)
If a parent's most dreaded outcome is the death of a child, how much worse would the nightmare be if you felt responsible? What if the Lord commanded something you did not understand? Could your faith in His great goodness overcome your greatest fear?
Abraham's love for his late-in-life son must have been massive. After all, Isaac's birth was an undisputed miracle. Even so, Abraham knew his boy belonged first to the Lord. Abraham respected God's supremacy in everything. He wouldn't let his love for Isaac eclipse his love for God.
Therein, Abraham passed his Lord's final examination. He aced the hardest test of all with absolute excellence. Because some seemingly good parents can love their kids too much.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your children cannot be your first love. You have a previous commitment. If the father of lies deceives you into thinking they're your number one, you may fall in a super-sized pit. Sadly, your kids may be dragged down, too.
Simply put, parents are God's stewards of His newly created children. In our roles as guardians and guides, we're charged to follow His directions--and not overstep our commission. Abraham's excellence marks a test we should not face, but must remember.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.