Carry the Fire

I’ve been turning a certain story over and over in my mind lately. In Genesis 22 God told Abraham to take Isaac, his son, to Mount Moriah, and to offer him as a sacrifice. This would have been against everything Abraham knew about God but he acted in obedience. I can’t even fathom that kind of trust. I have wanted to pull a Bill Cosby on my kids. You may remember his line, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out!” But those were only moments of frustration. Abraham was actually on his way.
But I want to focus for a minute on what Abraham had Isaac do. He had Isaac carry the flame. This was the very flame that would consume him. It was intended to burn the sacrifice to ashes. Isaac even commented about it asking his father, Abraham, “Where is the sacrifice? I have the flame and you have the wood, where is the sacrifice?” Abraham’s answer was, “God will provide.”
If you know the story, God did provide. Just at the last second before Abraham plunged the knife into the heart of his son, God stopped him and redirected him toward a sacrificial ram caught in a thicket. I’m sure there was never a greater relief for Abraham and Isaac.
I wonder what Isaac thought later. It would take us a long time to speculate on all the thoughts that went through his mind afterwards. But I’ve been stuck on one. I wonder if Isaac thought, I was carrying the flame that would destroy me the whole time. How ironic. If God didn’t provide; this flame Isaac carried would destroy him.
Isn’t that also true of you and me if we follow Christ! The flame He puts inside of us to do His will will destroy us if God doesn’t provide. It will consume us if He doesn’t intervene.
The calling of God on our lives is bigger than us. The Spirit of the living God is within us. He is Holy and Divine. We are mere humans. If God doesn’t intervene and provide for us daily we are undone. It is too much for us. But God does provide. He does supply our needs. His mercies are new every day. Great is His Faithfulness.
If God has given you a flame to carry and it sometimes feels like too much. Be encouraged today. God is with you. He is in you. And He will provide