• Pastor Stephan Hurkens


Do you ever feel as if you are on a journey and your life seems as if you keep going down “dead end streets?” Your situations are never resolved. You go around in circles trying your utmost to find your way.

One such character is Abraham. God said to him in Genesis 22:2 “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

When we are born again, we become the object of God’s loving care. His attention toward His people is not the doting care of a parent who wants to give his children everything they want. No, rather, immediately on our entrance into the heavenly family, God begins to work with us. We are like shapeless lumps of clay in His hands. With the utmost of precision and care, like a master potter, God begins to mold and fashion us.

Occasionally, because of our belligerence and stubbornness, the process is slowed. Yet in His own sovereign way, God keeps on working with us until one day, we are conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus. In these testing experiences we see that God either permits or initiates in our lives and it appears to us as dead-end-streets. Such is the case with Abraham.

This test that was about to come to Abraham came after God had proved His power in fulfilling His promise to Abraham and Sarah with the birth of Isaac.

Abraham willingly took Isaac to where God directed. It was a specified place. God is concerned about the details in our lives and in the development of our faith. Nothing is unimportant to God.

God allowed the test to go to its full length, just short of Isaac’s death. Then, God called out “Abraham, Abraham!” “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son from Me.” Gen 22:12

The detour was there all along, but Abraham could not see it until the trial of his faith was completed.

It is not uncommon for us to find that we are trudging along what appears to be a dead-end-street. It was so for Abraham. But the scripture says that “Abraham raised his eyes and looked.” Then he saw God’s provision for the happy ending of his trial. He didn’t waste time trying to figure out where the ram came from. He accepted that God provided! And Abraham called that place “Jehovah-Jireh”, which means “The Lord will provide.” Gen. 22:14.

If you seem to be going down dead-end-streets, keep your eyes on the Lord and He will provide a way out.

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