Sometimes the Lord can really convict a person. Today was that day for me, as I re-read a passage that I consider one of the hardest to relate to. The story in Genesis 22 when Abraham willingly stepped forward to sacrifice his son.
We all know the story, the Lord asked Abraham to take his son, his only son Isaac, whom he loved, and sacrifice him. Abraham had less than 24 hours to decide, and from what we read in the Bible, there is no indication that he hesitated. He arose “early in the morning” and began the more than 3 day journey to Mt. Moriah with his son. Again, throughout the Scripture there is no indication that Abraham wavered or even struggled with the decision.
When his son asked about the lamb for the burnt offering, Abraham replied that the Lord would provide. It is therefore evident to me that he NEVER questioned the Lord during this journey. I don’t believe that Abraham ever dreaded the outcome; instead he had full faith in God’s plan.
Yet, in my life, as I mature in Christ, I still see areas that I fail in.
I have been saved for about half my life, and actively involved in ministry for about 7 years (not including Sunday School teaching, which would add another 8 years). So, why do I still fail?
Well, this is the way I see it. First, I don’t think we should consider ourselves FAILURES in any aspect. I have only failed to complete my “maturity.” I’ve actually succeeded in progressing from a life void of Christ to a life growing in Christ. I don’t believe that any of us will ever achieve the full and complete being that we are meant to be.
How can I say such a thing? Think of it this way. As we praise the Lord, as we learn about Christ, as we study the Scriptures, we grow every day! And sometime in the near future, when we get to Heaven, we will be closer than ever before to Christ. But during that eternity, our faith, our love, and our knowledge will continue to deepen and grow. We will grow closer to the image of Christ as we live our heavenly life.
Until then, we can try our best to be the person God wants us to be. Don’t ever think of yourself as a failure. Instead, think of how many successes you have had, and be aware of areas in your life where you can improve.