And sometimes you just gotta lay down your ‘Isaac’

Letting go can be one of the most difficult things you get to do in this life. Whether it’s your past, a bad relationship, or that dream job you’ve always wanted — it’s not easy. However, in order for God to move on your behalf, it is necessary.

LET GO AND TRUST

We are all familiar with the story of Abraham and his boy Isaac — the child of the promise. Now, one day God said to Abraham, “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” (Genesis 22:2).

And you may ask yourself “well why did God ask Abraham to lay down the one thing that mattered to him the most?” Simple, because He was giving Abraham a second chance. A second chance to let go and trust Him completely. The first chance Abraham had was during his waiting season. And we all know how that part of the story went. Yes, he failed in trusting God when he decided to take matters into his own hands and impregnated Hagar. So this time around, Abraham wasn’t planning to fail another test. Long story short, God did not allow him to harm his child.

LAY DOWN YOUR ISAAC

With all that being said, we all have an ‘Isaac’ God is asking us to lay down. Laying down your ‘Isaac’ means completely submitting what matters to you the most. Surrendering your will to His’. In some cases, God asks us to let go only to return it all back. Yet in other cases, things and/or people are just not meant to stay. Once you lay it all down, you’re allowing God to show His glory through you and through your situation.

NEW WINE INTO NEW WINESKINS

There’s a parable of Jesus in Matthew that explains how the old and the new are not compatible. “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (Matthew 2:22). You see, old wineskins are stretched to their limit each time wine is fermented inside of them. Therefore, pouring new wine in stretched wineskins will cause it to burst. Now the same goes for you and I when it comes to asking God to bless us while we are still holding on to our past. It doesn’t work. We have to let go of the old so that the new can take place.

What is God asking you to let go of today?

 

D. Arelis

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