We live in a scary world. It seems that, recently, I have been reminded continually of this fact.
I thought about that for days…and, obviously, am still thinking about it. That statement brought me such comfort. He knows…
As I read through the life of Abraham again this week…I was captivated by the portion of Scripture where God calls him to offer his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. I will admit to always being bothered by this passage. I always thought…What a horrible thing to ask of a parent…But, two things occurred to me…
It is a trust issue.
God wants us to entrust Him with the thing that is closest to our heart…whether that is a life-long dream, a painful secret that we admit to no one or, even, a child whom we adore more than anything.
I dare say that this request did not make sense to Abraham. It’s so easy to read the Bible and forget that these are not characters we are reading about, but real people. Abraham was a real father who had been asked to offer his real son as a sacrifice upon an altar of wood and fire. Abraham did not fully understand why he was being asked to do such a thing, but he trusted God.
It is an awesome foreshadowing of the sacrifice God would soon make.
…Take your only son Isaac, whom you love…and offer him there as a burnt offering… – Genesis 22:2
My horror at such a request became humility when I realized that this is exactly what God did for me.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son… – John 3:16
What an awesome, incomprehensible sacrifice our God made for us. Yes, He knew that He would raise His Son from the grave. Yet, I’m not certain that knowledge lessened the pain of knowing what His Son would endure on the cross.
I think that is how God views us as well. He knows what glory awaits us…yet, He still hurts when we hurt. He knows it’s scary to be us. This morning, I found the most amazing verse in Jeremiah.
I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel. – Jeremiah 15:21 NIV
He knows we live in a wicked and cruel world…but we are not in it alone. There is wicked all around, but He will save us from it. When we find ourselves in the grasp of the cruel…or, as the NKJV puts it…the grip of the terrible…He will redeem us.
I love that word…redeem…Yes, we will find ourselves in the grip of things terrible…in the grasp of things cruel…yet, we have this promise.
He will redeem it all.
He will make it all good in time.
He will buy back what was lost.
He will make amends
He will fullfill His promises.
Because He knows…that it’s scary to be us.