When you think of Abraham, you should think about grace and faith. I cringe every time that I read about him taking Isaac up on the mountain! But, this event served several purposes: first, it showed God that Abraham had what it took to lead God's nation! Second, it proved to Abraham that he had the faith to lead. But, this week in my study, it hit me that it is possible that Isaac displayed as much faith! Isaac noticed that his dad did not bring a sacrifice. He could have ran, but didn't. He could have fought when Abraham put him on the altar. But, he didn't.
Remember that God needed the right leaders of his nation. Though the covenant was with Abraham, God still utilized Isaac to build the nation! In Matthew 1, Abraham is the first person listed and then Isaac. The Messiah's lineage stems from Abraham and Isaac fulfilling the covenant.
Abraham was NOT perfect! He decided to take matters into his own hands and have a child with Hagar. This did not please God. BUT, where we fall short, our faith overcomes. We must strive to put our whole heart into where God leads us. Faith will overcome.
I am a man on a journey...