Today’s guest devotional is from our Hammond Campus Pastor, Taylor Hamstra:
Scripture: Genesis 22:1-3 NLT
Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you. The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.
Could you ever imagine God asking you to take your child, go up to a mountain and sacrifice him/her? What would your reaction be? Would you laugh at God or would you pretend you didn’t hear him? Think about it. So why would a loving, caring, faithful God ask Abraham to do this? Here is what new about Abraham. Year after year after year Abraham built altar’s of gratitude to God. He knew that God could be trusted. He knew that God was for HIM. Year after year He spent time in prayer with God getting to know Him intimately. So even after waiting all those years – He took a step because HE TRUSTED GOD FULLY.
So let me ask you a dangerous question – Do you trust God enough to surrender your craziest dreams on the altar to God? Will you surrender your plan, your way, and your reputation? Would you do it?
As some of you know Sam and I became foster parents over 4 years ago. We have been so blessed and honored to take care of our son for the past 4 years. Truth is just like a mother gives birth you never forget that moment in the hospital and how you instantly fall in love the second you laid eyes on your baby. That is how we felt when we meet our son at 2 ½ months in his hospital room.
You see God told us to be foster parents and we where obedient to the call. What I didn’t know that I was supposed to surrender the process and my son to the Lord. I held on so tight to my son. I was fearful and scared that I was going to lose him so many times. Just like Sarah I desired to be a mom for a long time and the thought of that being taken away from me made me sick.
Truth is I new that I put D first in my life. He was #1 before God and it was taken a toll on me. It wasn’t until January of 2016 (3years later) that I finally gave him to the Lord. I will never forget the moment I was in our offices in our Munster building along with 10 other people praying. For the first half of prayer we were on our own. I fell to my knees and said Lord take him he is yours. I can’t do this anymore. In that moment God reminded me that He loves D more then I do and what He promised has not changed.
I want to remind you today that what you are going through does not surprise God.
God is teaching us a lot in the process of surrender. He is teaching us a lot in the waiting room of life. Let me tell you that God’s goal while you are waiting is not to get you somewhere but to take you closer to HIM. While you are waiting God is making you more dependent on HIM. More LIKE HIM. God’s goal in the waiting room is to see you surrender YOUR plan and YOUR DREAM and YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE in order to pick up GOD’S PLAN and GOD’S dream for you.
Remember His promises are still Yes and Amen. Let God have your marriage, your kids, your finances, your dreams, and your goals.
Can I tell you the moment I surrendered EVERYTHING changed. I felt a weight lifted off of me and God began to move in my situation like I have never experienced. He is faithful and He always will be. Trust Him.
Father, we come to you today in complete awe of who you are. We thank you that you’re not a God that lies and that you are true to your word. Help us today to surrender everything to you. Help us to daily surrender our marriages, kids, finances and anything in between. We love you and trust you. We know Lord that nothing comes to you by surprise and that you are working all things for our good. We love you! In Jesus name, Amen!