I originally submitted this post as a guest blogger for Xochi Dixon in 2011. Since the page is no longer available on her website, I wanted to share it here. Part 2 of 2…
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:11-12 (NIV)
In my previous post, Do You Trust Me?, I wrote about the story of Abraham and Isaac. Although I didn’t share how the story ends, many of you already know that God didn’t allow Abraham to go through with the sacrifice of Isaac. Once God realized Abraham truly trusted him and took steps of obedience, he sent an angel to stop Abraham from harming Isaac.
When Abraham was just about to follow through with God’s request, verse 11 tells us an angel of the Lord called down from heaven and shouted his name. What was Abraham’s response? He replied, “Here I am.”
I love this simple statement. Because I want to find out the rest of the story, I usually skip over this small sentence. But it’s important. When we’re in the middle of a crisis and God calls our name, how do we respond? The first response for many of us (and many people in the Bible) is to hide from God.
Think back to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. After they disobeyed, God came to the garden and asked, “Where are you?” He is God, so he obviously already knew where they were. I believe God asked the question to provide an opportunity for his children to come to him and be honest. Like Abraham, it was an opportunity for them to say, “Here I am.” Instead, Adam and Eve hid from God (see Genesis 3:10).
The difference between hiding from God and answering God depends on our relationship with him. In Abraham’s situation, he acted in obedience to God’s difficult request. He had nothing to hide, so he immediately answered God. Can you imagine his desperation at that moment? “Here I am! Tell me what to do next!”
I want to be in a place where I’m walking so closely with God in obedience that I’m desperately relying on him for the next step. But when I start putting my faith in myself instead of in God, I tend to hide from him. Why? Nothing surprises God. He knows exactly who we are and where we are. He may ask us to do hard things—just like he asked Abraham to be obedient to a difficult request.
I can only imagine the relief Abraham felt when God’s angel stepped in and stopped him from harming his son. Abraham trusted God, and God provided. God will provide. He always keeps his promises.
Today, remember that you are a child of God—the one who makes no mistakes and the one who created you in his image. He calls each of us by name. It’s our decision whether we’re going to hide or stand up and say, “Here I am, God.”
Content Copyright 2012. Allison K. Flexer @ Anointed With Grace.
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8 responses to “Here I Am”
What a great post! Thanks, Allison!
Thanks Dee Dee! So glad you stopped by! 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Allison. I think about Samuel and how he was instructed by Eli to respond as a servant ready and listening to the Lord’s voice and calling. It is the response of humility and discipleship. It is the condition of a heart ready for anything rather than self-consumed and ashamed. Thus, the contrast between Adam and Eve and Abraham. Abraham starts the lineage of the new Adam in Christ. It is a ready heart willing to deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow Him. It is the core of our faith.
I love that — thanks for sharing your insight, Don! And thanks for stopping by to comment!
Beautiful post, Allison. Thank you for sharing your heart and for encouraging us to walk in such trusted obedience to Him.
Thanks Heather! Your blog has been so helpful to me…so glad you came over and checked out mine too!
Great post Allison! I am trying to grow spiritually daily and wonder if I will ever have faith that strong. I sure hope so!
Monica, thanks! It seems that we grow more during difficult times than easy ones. But I wish it didn’t always have to hurt so much! 🙂