Second Sunday of Lent
Then God said [to Abraham]: Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.”
The Lord knew the desire of Abraham’s heart that he waited so long for ̶ a son that would lead to descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky. Despite old age, a barren wife, and an act of infidelity, the Lord provided for Abraham a legitimate firstborn son ̶ Isaac.
- What is the deepest desire of my heart?
- Do I realize despite all odds and all my sins that the Lord will provide for it?
In total faith, Abraham climbs Mount Moriah to sacrifice his precious son. He builds an altar of wood, and only a moment before Isaac’s life is taken, the Lord stopped Abraham and provided a ram for the sacrifice. The Lord does not want Isaac’s life, but rather Abraham’s heart.
- What am I willing to sacrifice to remain faithful to the Lord?
- Do I realize my faithfulness will place my heart in His hands?
No human sacrifice could ever compare to the sacrifice of God’s own son, Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice offers freedom in this life and eternal life in the next. But, during this season, we are asked to consider the deepest longings of our heart, how the Lord provides for us despite all odds and sin, and for this cost: our heart.
Lenten sacrifices point us to the ultimate sacrifice ̶ not Mount Moriah, but Mount Calvary; not an altar of wood, but the wood of the cross; not a ram, but Jesus the Lamb of God.
Mutual prayers that we will continue growing in total faith this Lent.