Trusting in God and caring for our children

I’ll admit it. There was a Bible story that for years I didn’t like. Found near the beginning of the Bible, it’s the story in which the patriarch Abraham is instructed by God to take his son, Isaac, up into a mountain and offer him up as a sacrifice (see Genesis 22:1–13). Two aspects particularly bothered me: that God would even make this request and that Abraham was prepared to follow through with it. Of course, the account ends with God sending his angel and telling Abraham, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”

I usually try to think about how the messages in Bible stories apply to my life or to current world issues. But this was one story I just couldn’t connect with. While I knew it was probably a good lesson in loving God and being obedient to Him, I found the premise too troublesome to get much from it.

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