Isa Ryan, the End Times Mama, is a wife, mother, blogger, podcaster and follower of Christ. When she’s not wrangling babies, getting in the Word or experimenting in her kitchen, she enjoys writing about faith, conspiracy, health, parenting in the end times and spiritual preparedness.
As a blogger who covers topics pertaining to parenting in the final days, I frequently hear from readers of the fear they have for their children, and I can certainly relate.
Living With Anxiety
Before I had children, I was certain I would see the Great Tribulation begin any day, and as a follower of New World Order conspiracy theories, I could see its imminence very clearly all around me. As a new believer, I was definitely pretty afraid of what might be in store for us. In fact, my husband and I were so convinced that the end was nigh that we did not even plan on having children. But God had other plans for us, and our first son was born in June of 2012. We were thrilled to welcome him into the world, but under the surface, my fear only increased. For the first few years of his life, I would spend many nights lying awake, trying to plan how I would protect and save him from what was to come.
I have since learned, however, that facing our children’s potential demise is not necessarily something God wants us to avoid. In fact, I believe He wants us to face it. A good example of this is the story of Abraham.
Abraham and His Son
Abraham and Sarah had been told for years that they would conceive a child, but Sarah doubted that would ever happen. As she aged she had little faith she would be able to bear children. So much so, that she instructed her husband to conceive a child with her maidservant, which only ended up causing bitterness and jealousy on the part of both women (Gen. 16, 21). Just as no matter how much planning I did in my head for how to save my child, it only really led to more heartbreak at my own inability to save him.
But Abraham never questioned God, even when he was instructed to sacrifice the child he and Sarah had literally waited a lifetime for. In Genesis 22, it never mentions his hesitation, but rather his dedication to carry out God’s wishes:
“And he [God] said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.” (Genesis 22: 1-4).
Abraham not only trusted God but was so trusting that he traveled three days up rugged terrain to obey him, never questioning this devastating plan.
Our Need For Faith
We know from the New Testament that it is this kind of faith we need to have. Using Abraham as an example of complete faith, the author of Hebrews explains that:
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Heb. 11:17-19)
Despite the fact that God wanted him to kill his only son who was supposed to carry on his seed, Abraham trusted that God had a reason for it. This was a shadow of what was to come: the incredible sacrifice of God’s own Son on the Cross. Through Christ’s death, His followers die with Him, to be born again as spiritual sons of Abraham.
And it was due to this faith that the sacrifice of his son was averted: “And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” (Gen. 22:11-12)
Isaac was saved through the faith of his father, and our Salvation comes through the sacrifice of God’s own Son. God foreshadowed this sacrifice on the day He saved Isaac:
“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” (Gen. 22:13)
Rather than punish us for our sins, God has offered a perfect Sacrifice in our place: that of the Cross.
Replacing Fear With Love
One night a few years ago, as I lay in my common cycle of worry and planning, God spoke to me in a way that He had not before. In a single moment, He replaced all my fear with love, and I was flooded with the promise of Salvation not only for me but for my children also. It occurred to me at once that my goal was not to save them in this life, but to see them in the Kingdom. Since then, my plan has changed. I will of course still try to protect them as long as I can, after all I am their mother. However, I now trust in God’s plan for their lives, rather than my own.
As Abraham trusted that His seed would be carried on even though he was told to sacrifice his own child, we ought to remember how his faith was rewarded: with the sparing of his own child, replaced with a perfect sacrifice from God. Don’t ever forget how much God paid to save you, so try to have faith in these scary times that He can save your children.
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