Is the thing you’re running from actually a blessing in disguise? Sounds like a ridiculous question, right? How could a blessing be anything less than amazing! When we pray for blessings we’re not looking for life obstacles. When we ask for God’s blessing, we’re usually in some sort of circumstance that has us asking the Lord to bring us out of the situation we’re in. Let’s take a look at some of the moments in the Word that have seemed nothing like a blessing at first. Abraham was called by God to get up and leave his country, his people, and his father’s household and go into a land that he didn’t know. God tells Abraham that He will make him into a great nation and will bless him. So Abraham goes. He brings his wife Sari and some of his family and heads out into the unknown. Turns out the unknown Abraham was headed into would be years of not knowing what was next, but trusting that God would be good to His Word, that he would be blessed.

Whenever Abraham felt unsure of the blessing ahead, he spoke with God and God reassured him that he would be blessed. Genesis chapter 15 verse 18 says, “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I give this land…'” The problem was that Abraham and Sari were still childless. I’m pretty sure they were wondering how their descendants were going to inherit the land when they weren’t even pregnant yet. How many times do we see the circumstances around us and lose sight of the bigger picture? We’re not alone. Sarah looked at the situation she and Abraham were in and decided that she couldn’t wait on Gods timing for the blessing. She took matters into her own hands, and sent her maid, Hagar, into bed with Abraham, and Hagar bore him a son. I think we know how that complicated things. Even despite the curve ball that was thrown at God, He never wavered! He promised Abraham he would become a great nation and that he would have a son, and that’s what He gave to him. Now, if you’re like me, when the birth of Isaac finally arrives you think, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!” But God, He wasn’t done blessing Abraham in an unconventional way.

God wasn’t done with the blessing he began so long ago with Abraham. He instructs Abraham to take his one and only son to the land of Moriah and sacrifice him there. (Record scratch goes there!) What! I thought the blessing was in the birth of the son, now God wants to have him sacrificed?! This is one of those blessings that make you want to run. How could God, Who took so long to give them their son, now be asking Abraham to kill him? How is this even remotely part of a blessing? Part of receiving blessings from God our Father is trusting that His ways are not our ways. Abraham believed this. He probably couldn’t comprehend what was being asked of him, but he trusted that God would not go back on His promise to him. That somehow, in what seemed like an impossible situation, God would bless Him, just like He said.

And that is exactly what happened. God saw that Abraham had surrendered his will to His, right up to the moment of sacrificing his one and only son. Abraham’s obedience and faith in God became the point where the real blessing flowed. God told him that because he didn’t see his blessing (his son Isaac) as more of a blessing than God, He would surely bless Abraham and make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the skies. That through his offspring all nations on earth would be blessed. God blessed Abraham even more than he could have ever imagined. It didn’t come the way Abraham thought it would, but because he trusted God, he was blessed even more! Maybe the blessing we’ve prayed for hasn’t flowed yet. Could it be the thing we’re running from is the blessing that’s to come, just not the way we thought or expected? When that happens we try to take matters into our own hands and throw a curve ball into the blessing that was promised to us. The good news is that even if we interfere, God never goes back on His Word!

We need to trust that in all things God has us in His hands. Believe in His Word when He says that He has a future and a hope for us. Life might seem like it’s imploding and that we are left to figure it out on our own. That’s just the time to let go, stop running and know that even though life might not look the way we had hoped, God’s plan for us is better than anything we could ever imagine. Just think that thing you are running from could be the very thing that changes your life forever. Abraham held out for his blessing, are you ready to hold out for yours too?

Have a great week. Run into God’s blessing for you and watch your life enrich in ways you could never imagine.

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts