Monday, June 18, 2012

Wired - Abraham, the father of many

Abraham was that famous Biblical figure who was the father of the nation of Israel. Do you remember the song, "Father Abraham had many sons. Many sons had Father Abraham. I am one of them and so are you...." ? Every time I hear the name "Abraham", that song starts up in my head and I have a terrible time getting it out!

Abraham did all sorts of things and had all sorts of adventures with God and his family but is probably most famous for being willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac at God's request. Isaac, was the long awaited child of the promise - the only child born to Abraham and his wife, Sarah. When God tests Abraham's faith by telling him to take his only son to the top of the mountain and sacrifice him as an offering, Abraham does so. At the last minute, the angel of God stays Abraham's hand and God provides a ram in the thicket as an alternate sacrifice.

It is an interesting dilemma - following God faithfully to the point of obeying an order that goes against everything you know about God. Or refusing to follow God because you don't understand where He is taking you. Yet when Abraham followed this horrible command, God was faithful to Abraham, just as Abraham had been faithful to God.

What does it mean to be a "good" Dad? No one is perfect and no one can get it right all the time. Dad's (and Mom's) are going to mess up. But if God is put first in your life, the rest will follow. If you are faithful to God, following His commands and asking for wisdom from Him, God will be faithful to you and your family.The promises of God might take longer than you would like to come to fruition, just as Abraham and Sarah waited years and years for the son God had promised them, but God will always be faithful.

Chesney Szaniszlo