Lessons from Isaac in Sonship.
Walking in Confidence as a Son: Confidence in the now, with a hope for the future
When we think of what it means to be a son, let alone a confident son, too few struggle to comprehend this thought. Why is that? It is because we live in a generation where fatherlessness runs rampant all throughout America. I myself grew up without a father during most of my life, but does that mean I’m completely fatherless? Does that mean I am doomed to live out the role of the proverbial bastard? No! Why? Because there is One who has called me to be His Son…He has called us all.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will…In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will…13 you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:3-14
Before we were born there was One who desired to have us as His sons and daughters. Not only does He desire us, but He has taken care of everything for us to live out eternity as royalty being bathed in His unending love. All we have to do is say yes, believe and receive. However, we live in an age where the picture of what a father looks like is either greatly distorted or missing, so in short it is far easier said than done.
In Genesis 24 Abraham having been recently widowed, saw that his son Isaac had no wife of his own; thus, called his chief servant to his side. Abraham seeing that his son was sorrowful at the loss of his mother and having enjoyed his years with his son, desired that his son would have a family of his own before he passed away. Therefore he charged the man to go to the land of his fathers and bring back a bride for his son. Without anyone telling Isaac what had transpired the servant was off. As the servant traveled to the land of Abraham’s fathers in search for a bride for Isaac, Isaac continued on with the day-to-day in ignorance of what his father was up to.
With his father Abraham reaching the end of his days and his mother having already passed away, Isaac wanted to spend his time with his elderly father. Being fixated on serving and being with his father, Isaac would not be distracted by the cares of this world; even at forty years old he remained obedient in love to his father.
So it came to pass that as the servant returned with a beautiful, God-fearing virgin bride, Isaac went out to the field to pray. As Isaac unaware went out to meditate in the field toward the evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 64 Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel. 65 She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her veil and covered herself. 66 The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Isaac knew that His father desired him and had a destiny for him as well as an inheritance, and it was from that place he could walk in confidence. Even after forty years and having lost his mother, he could walk with his head up confidently knowing that his father loved him and had a plan and future planned for him. With unwavering confidence in his father’s love for him, he went up the mountain as a boy to be sacrificed and with unwavering faith in his father he went out to the field to meditate on the Lord.
This is what we are called to be, those like Isaac who are confident in their identity as sons and daughters. Today take time and ask the Father to declare to your heart His love for you and desires for you to have a future. For He has given to us the His Spirit as the down payment of our inheritance that is to come in Him; not only that but the Spirit testifies to our hearts who we are in the Father. So let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart today. He wants to encounter you, He wants you to be confident in His love for you just like Isaac was confident in Abraham’s love for him.
“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:16