2 Peter 1:4 – Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the devine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (NIV)
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
As I’m drinking my coffee and reading my Bible, I begin to think about Abraham and Isaac going up the mountain. We focus so much on Abraham and Isaac in that story that we forget about Sarah. Where was she when Abraham was planning the trip up the mountain? What was she doing when Abraham was preparing everything for the journey? Scripture tells us that Sarah was not what we would call a passive woman, and she had waited too long and been through too much to sit calmly while her baby went marching up that mountain with sticks on his back! I know there is discussion about Isaac’s true age, but I also know age doesn’t matter to a mom — that was her baby! Sarah had endured too many months of crushing disappointment while waiting for that baby boy. She had danced through weeks of great joy thinking “this is it!! She had sobbed beyond control when the proof came that she was wrong. She had perfected the plastic smile as she sat through her friend’s baby showers. She knew how to mask her longings as she listened to her friends complain about the sleepless nights with an infant, the “terrible twos”, the woes of raising a teenager, and the stresses of planning a wedding. Then she had to paste on a smile again as those same friends celebrated the births of grandchildren while she was still waiting for a child of her own. I sincerely believe that Sarah would have stopped Abraham from taking Isaac on the last leg of that particular journey. She would have stopped Your plans and Your promise. I begin to wonder how many times I have stopped Your plans in my life. How many times have I put what I thought was best ahead of what You knew was best? 2 Peter 1:4 says that You have given us great and precious promises that allow us to share in Your divine nature and escape the corruption caused by our selfish desires. Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that Your plans are always good for me. Lord, please forgive me for trying to block Your blessings in my life. I know that my desires are selfish. I know that my plans are very shortsighted. I know that You give me great and precious promises. Lord, I want to stand on those promises, not stand in the way of them. I want to be like Abraham with an attitude of “I don’t understand, but God said to do it so I know He will take care of it.” (Genesis 22).