After a big sack which brought the team out of field goal range in Overtime in the national championship game last night, the freshman Alabama quarterback calmly threw a 45 yard touchdown pass to win the game. Everything was going against Alabama. They had missed an easy chip shot field goal that would have won the game in regulation. Even after sacking Georgia’s quarterback in overtime, the Bulldogs kicker kicked a career-high 51 yarder to take the lead. The Alabama offense seemed out of synch and their freshman quarterback, thrust into action in the second half, looked like a freshman. It seemed hopeless. But Alabama stuck to their plan and, as they often do, pulled victory out of defeat.
As Christians we face difficult decisions and choices and situations every day. We can give in to the pressure and throw up our hands in disgust and loss or we can stay the course, in faith and hope, trusting that we will overcome.
Abraham faced this when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. All seemed lost, he would lost his first-born son after all the years believing he would not have one. God asked him to do it, but he could have said no. He could have hidden Isaac or refused to follow God’s commands. Instead, he obeyed and as he raised the knife to kill his son, God stopped him and Abraham found favor with God.
God asks that we obey, but God asks that we live in hope. We will never be abandoned and there is always a chance and always hope if we follow and obey. Trust and obey for there’s no other way.
Genesis 22:2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 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. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”