Last week, my daughter–along with nine other students and their Spanish teacher–boarded a plane for Spain. This was a big step for both my daughter and me. For Peyton, it was the adventure of a lifetime and I was excited for her. As for me, I had to do a lot of letting go and a lot of trusting in Peyton and in God. The whole process caused me to realize how much I depended on my own efforts to care for and protect my child. With me out of the picture, anything could happen. I had lost all control. Letting her travel to another country was like laying down my Isaac and placing her wholly in the care of God.
In today’s devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries called, The Lord Will Provide, I share my favorite bible-story. In it God commands Abraham to sacrifice, Isaac, his only son. We read that without question or debate, Abraham obeys God. He builds an alter, lays down his son and proceeds to end his life—all at the command of God. This boggles our modern minds. How could Abraham go through with it? How could God ask? Did Abraham know the end result?
No, he didn’t. But he did know God. And he knew that God had made him a promise that He wouldn’t break. All Abraham could rely on was God’s promise and it was enough. I’ve found the same is true in my life. Letting go of the illusion of control and relying completely on God to do what I cannot, brings peace and stability to my life. That’s the magic of faith!
When I decided to trust God and rely on His strength, I was able to place my daughter in His care. What was the end result—peace. In addition, the end result for my daughter will be much more. I’m certain she will grow and mature from the experience. She may even catch a glimpse of God’s purpose for her life.
Let me ask you something. Is God asking you to lay down your Isaac? Are you still relying on yourself or a certain circumstance? Perhaps you’re trying to live a holy life, but you cannot. Maybe you’re trying to serve God or be the best mom you can be—or the best at your job, but you cannot. That is a sign you are relying on self instead of God.
It’s time to let go of the illusion of control and take God at His Word. The problem is not, “If I could only believe.” It’s a matter of the will. Will you believe? Will you trust His promise even though you don’t know the end result? I challenge you to find out. Rely on nothing but His promise today…
“Be confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Habakkuk 3:19).
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us; And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we desire of him” (1 John 5:14,15).
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall you smell of smoke” (Isaiah 43:2).
Truly, truly I say to you, he that believes in me, the works I do he shall also do; greater works than these he shall do; because I go to my father’s house” (John 14:12).
“My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure; I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:10-11).