“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
Abraham looked at his wife Sarah for a long moment without saying a word. She was a beautiful woman even at this age. The lines on her face and the spots on her hands, her tanned complexion and weary eyes couldn’t diminish how attractive his bride was to him. All of those things just represented the many miles of their journey together. She had always been by his side. Loving him, fighting for him, tending to him…his Sarah was an incredible, godly woman. But she couldn’t travel with him to Moriah. This would be a journey that he would have to make alone, just him and Isaac.
God has given us family, friends, and coworkers. He has blessed us with vehicles, houses, and land. He surrounds us every day with the things that we need and He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. But before we began our Christian journey, we had to make a stop at an altar of repentance. It was that place in our lives that we admitted to God that we didn’t have any answers. It was that place that we abandoned lifestyles, habits, friends, and sometimes family. It was that place that we died.
Sarah finally said, “Honey, what is it? What’s bothering you? You have had a distant look about you all day?” Abraham took her by the hand and told her, “I love you. Tomorrow, the boy and I are heading to Moriah.” Sarah choked back the tears. Somehow, she knew what this meant.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God made the first step. He loved us while we were yet sinners and all of us are just that, sinners. None of us have stepped over that great divide and walked on streets of gold. We are still flesh and blood. We still fail. But God made a provision for our failure.
Abraham laid his son upon an altar that he built on top of Mount Moriah. In obedience to God’s request, he lifted the knife that would take his only son’s life but the angel stayed his hand. God said, “I’ve provided my own sacrifice.” A ram had been caught in the thicket by his horns. Isaac was spared because God had already set things in motion before Abraham ever arrived.
God has a plan for our failure. God has set things in motion for you. You feel that the loss, the hurt, and the disappointment will consume you. You feel like everything is going to be taken from you. Failure and disappointment has isolated you. Sin has exacted it’s price from your life. But God has a plan. “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17.
Sarah stepped out of the tent looking toward Moriah and her eyes were fixated on one thing. It was her boy running toward her. She smiled at Abraham as tears of relief ran down her cheeks. “I told you momma, we had to go to Moriah,” said Abraham playfully. “Well, you’re late for dinner,” she responded as she wrapped her arms around that boy as if it was the first time that she had held him. Abraham sighed and said, “God is good.”
“…repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations…” Luke 24:47
The first step in God’s plan is repentance. We not only ask for God to forgive us of our sins, habits, ways but, we turn our back on those things. God coupled repentance with remission. His plan includes a new start. But that first step is repentance, take that first step toward a brand new start this week. God’s got a plan. You won’t climb down Moriah by yourself, not this time, not ever again.