Here at Lutie's Place we have been in a sermon series called "Covenant," where we are making our way through the 5 different covenants that God made with people in the Bible. The first week, we talked about Noah and the Covenant that God made to not destroy the world, placing a rainbow in the sky as a sign.
This past week, we talked about the Covenant that God made with Abram (changed to Abraham) and how God promised to make Abraham's descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.
I have really enjoyed this series as it has been fun to read about these special people in the Scriptures and how they interact with God, but more importantly, how God interacts with them.
In the VERY long story of Abraham, we read about how late in life, Abraham and Sarah finally have a son and they name him Isaac, which in Hebrew means "he laughs." This is a recollection of how Sarah (then Sarai) laughed at God when he told them they would have a child at such an old age. Honestly, If I were 100 years old and God told me I would have a child, I'd probably laugh in disbelief too.
When we get to the story about Isaac, it's as if the story becomes very dark, very quick. God tells Abraham to take his son "his only son," Isaac to the mountaintop to offer him as a sacrifice. It's as if the laughter immediately stops and turns to a bleak seriousness.
We read these words:
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
Now, the rest of this story is one I'm sure you've read. They get to the place of sacrifice, Abraham goes to follow through in obedience to God, and God calls out and says, "Do not harm the boy!"
But where I stopped reading just a moment ago stuck out to me.
Over and over again, Abraham has had to have faith in God. That God will provide. I've often wondered about how Abraham felt about this moment. Did he know God would provide another sacrifice? Did he think God would raise Isaac from the dead? Or did he have faith that God would make for him another heir?
We don't know.
But we do know that Abraham had faith that God knew what he was doing.
That's where my heart is. I am beyond frustrated with this world. I am frustrated with politics, with epidemiology, I'm even frustrated with the Church and how divided we seem to be. I guess you could say, with my frustration, I am at rock-bottom.
But every time I've been here, there is Jesus, waiting for me. Just like he was waiting for the woman at the well. You know, the one whom he told all the sins she had committed? The one who was a Samaritan and had no right to talk to a Jew, let alone a Jewish Rabbi? Yeah.
God knows what he is doing. Even though I cannot see it, even though I cannot possibly know what he is going to do next, God Always provides.
Growing up in the United Methodist Church, I have always had a passion for ministry. Now, I have been called to serve the people of Llano at an awesome place called Lutie Watkins Memorial!