Exploring New Ground

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba. Genesis 22:15-19

For the third time the angel of the Lord reiterated the promise to Abraham. Despite his previous foibles, he was obedient. We have no idea whether Abraham’s servants knew about what occurred on the altar. I’m sure it was a traumatic experience for all involved.

Abraham went to Beersheba previously so it was familiar to him. Presumably Sarah joined them on the journey. Sarah must have been relieved to see them all, quite literally, in one piece. She must have been on edge the entire time they were gone.

The spiritual journey that Sarah and Abraham were on had a lot of hills and valleys as well as obstacles and barriers to success. They were exploring new ground all the time because nothing like this had happened before.

We occasionally explore new ground in our lives, though nothing nearly as dramatic as Abraham and Sarah. We don’t always understand why God is allowing events to happen in and around us. We even begin to question God, not because we’re bad, but because sometimes life just doesn’t make much sense. He has no problem with us coming to him and questioning Him.

Why do I say that? Because the mere act of coming to Him is what He’s wanted all along. If we kept everything in, we’re not approaching Him.

Bring it back to your own life. Would you rather your kids come to you with issues or not?

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