This beautiful painting hangs in my dining room. Every time I walk by this picture, I am reminded that I have surrendered my son to the One that holds his present and his future.

It also reminds me of Abraham placing Isaac on the altar at Mount Moriah. In short, the Lord asked Abraham to take his only son, the son of the promise, and sacrifice him. This beautiful story is worth reading again and can be found in Genesis 22:1-18. What incredible faith Abraham exhibited in proceeding in his obedience.

“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son.” Hebrews 11:17 NIV

Did you catch that in the first sentence of this verse? It says that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice. Isaac did not die as a sacrifice. Abraham just had to be willing to put Isaac on the altar and that was considered sacrifice. That simple act of obedience in putting all before self, led to Abraham being in the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11.

“”Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”” Galatians 3:6 NIV

When I am face-to-face with my Lord, I want it said of me; “By faith Dawn …”. I want my actions credited to me as righteousness. Please share what are you willing to put on the altar and leave it there until the Lord provides a way?

Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord Will Provide), Thank You for the example of Abraham. We humbly ask that you help us to be obedient in our faith and help us to live out what will be counted to us as righteousness. We love and trust You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.

About The Surrender Picture: The opportunity came along for me to join an online Hurting Moms group. I was skeptical about how we could develop community and share intimate details about our struggles through a computer screen. I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. Can I just tell you that the bonds that we made in that online room are still precious to me, three years later. One of our “sisters” from the group, Carolyn Cassady, blessed me with this painting. It is a treasured gift.

By Dawn Helms