Today is the sixth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.
Do your parents ever make rules that are hard to understand? Rules like, ‘you have to eat your vegetables’ or ‘you can’t eat candy for breakfast’. Sometimes parents won’t let you do things you really want to do, like staying up all night playing. It is hard to listen and go to bed when you don’t feel tired and all you want to do is to play more. But you know what I find harder than being told I can’t do something I want to do? Being told I have to do something that I don’t want too. In our house we have to pick up our toys before we can watch TV. Sometimes my kids really just don’t feel like picking things up. I can’t blame them, I don’t feel like doing it a lot of the time either.
In today’s Advent lesson we find that God has asked Abraham to do something he really doesn’t want to do. God has told Abraham that he wants him to sacrifice his son Isaac. This must have been very confusing to Abraham. God had never, ever asked him to do something like this before. And God promised Abraham that he would have many, many children, but how could he do that if he sacrificed Isaac?
I bet Abraham didn’t want to listen. I bet he thought about saying ‘no’ to God and trying to run away. But in the end he didn’t. He listened to God and took Isaac where God asked him to. And just when Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac God stopped him and gave Abraham a ram instead. God wanted to test Abraham to see if he would trust him no matter what. Abraham and Isaac passed.
Today on the sixth day of Advent we remember that we need to trust God, even if we don’t always want to or understand.