Read: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6
Yesterday, we were reminded that we’ve got to submit our plans for our family and kids to God. But how exactly do you do that? What if, like Abraham, surrendering our plans to God means sacrificing our kids to God?
Woah! Sacrifice? That’s just a cultural Old Testament practice, right? Because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross, in the sense of spilling blood, yes. But when we look at the posture of Abraham’s heart, we can learn a lot. Have you ever wondered how Abraham could be willing to sacrifice his one and only son? In Genesis 17, God made a promise to Abraham, at the age of 100, that He would give him a son. Abraham’s first response? He laughed! But, God kept His promise.
Flip forward to Hebrews 11, and we learn a little more about Abraham’s faith, “By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, ‘Your descendants shall come from Isaac.’ Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.” Abraham knew that God’s promises could not be moved, and without knowing how, he knew that somehow, Isaac would be the father of many generations. So, in blind faith, he followed God in obedience. Abraham was willing to return to God the miracle that he knew came from God, and in Genesis 22, with Abraham’s heart bowed in surrender, God provided a ram to take Isaac’s place.
Parents, how does your faith stack up to Abraham? The intimate walk with God that fueled Abraham’s faith is also available to us. And when it comes to our families, we can begin by understanding that our kids are a gift, on loan to us by God. Rather than trying to craft a storyline for our kids that looks like being the homecoming queen, football captain or valedictorian, our ultimate goal should be to lead our families to love God more than anything else.
Sacrificing our ways isn’t a one-and-done process. Every day, every week, every month, every year, we’ve got to examine the posture of our hearts and surrender. Is is easy? No! Just like Abraham, we may not understand how God’s plan is going to work, but we can KNOW that His promises never fail.
Do: Take some one-on-one time with your kids this week and ask them about their goals and dreams for the future. Pray with each of them, and together ask God to make sure that our plans align with His.