It's Time to Lay Down Our Issac's

We've all got these longings stored up deep in our our hearts, and we're just not sure what to do with them.

Yeah, Abraham had some longings. He was longing and hungering for something for a good long time before God even came to acknowledged it.

It was this baby boy, this heir. He wanted a child. Now that's reasonable isn't it? "God, could you just give me one child? Would that be so bad?"

Well, after waiting more years than any of us can claim, God gave him a response. Not only would he  have a son, but he'd be made the father of nations.

And so that day came-Abraham had his promised son. Promised by God. A true gift. Oh, what rejoicing must have been happening on that glorious day. After waiting those long years, God had been faithful to his promise.

Now, when we keep reading a little further on in this true account, it's easy to feel at a loss when the next part of the story comes-this laying down of God's promised son. Was that really necessary God? This poor man had waited for so long. Couldn't he just live in peace and enjoy the gift he'd finally received? He'd ached and prayed for this child, longed and waited for his coming. And yet, God asked him to lay him down-to give him up.

To human eye this seems downright crazy, but God knew just what He was doing.

You see, affections placed out of order brings about a massive disorder in our following after Christ.

Maybe the answer is found a ways back, at the beginning of this story, when God told Abraham "I am your exceedingly great reward." (Genesis 15:1) Maybe God needed to remind Abraham of this in order to remind him of His love for Abraham. Maybe this call to sacrifice was really a reminder of the beauty and love of a good and faithful God. 

He could have let it go, after all, isn't it to be expected to adore your long awaited child-this gift from God. But if a gift-even for one moment-out does the Giver in our eyes, we've got ourselves in an awful mess of being deceived.

What is the Issac in our own lives?

You know, that thing that looks an awful lot like the fulfillment of all of our longings. It's the thing we might be thinking holds the key to unlocking all of our real joy. It's the time when our mind turns to "If only I just had..." 

Maybe you can see it in your head and it's nearly in your grasp, but you just haven't quite gotten your hands on it yet.

Why don't we go ahead and lay these Issac's down right along with Abraham? The longer we hold to our idea of perfection, the longer we lay in our very own deception.

Why did God ask this heart-breaking, gut-wrenching sacrifice of Abraham? Because He wanted Abraham to know truest satisfaction. He wanted a servant that was willing and ready because his heart was in the right place.

Our God isn't out to make us miserable, but He knows those wells of real living water better than you and I, and He's determined to get us to drink of it. He's not going to give us lesser things, no matter how beautiful those lesser things appear to us now.

You're looking for real joy? You're looking for satisfaction? Then lay down your Issac. Bring it to the cross and let Him take it and put it in it's rightful place. Our greatest taste of bliss, comes when our hearts are lined up right with the One in whom real love is found.

When the Author of life itself, our Jesus Christ, has first place in our affections and heart, we become better equipped to love everyone else just how we ought to be loving them. It's then that we are made ready to be the gift of love and truth that this world is crying out for.

When we get our loving out of order a massive disorder takes place in our lives, but when we follow the command of obedience, all begins to fall into place. 

Don't hold back your Issac and miss out on the Greatest Reward you could ever receive. Don't let your heart be deceived by the lesser things all around you.

A heart thats affections are set in their rightful place, leads to a heart that's free and ready for the living as He intended.

Ultimate obedience brings ultimate reward and leads to ultimate impact. 

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