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Trusting God Completely & Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake

Genesis 22:5 (god’s word)

Then Abraham said to his servants, “You stay here with the donkey while the boy and I go over there. We’ll worship. After that we’ll come back to you.”

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If you’re not familiar with this story, it’s definitely worth a read. You can find it in Genesis 22:1-18. The CliffsNotes version is this: Abraham waited 100 years for his son, Isaac, and then God asked Abraham to sacrifice him. The scripture doesn’t give us any details on Abraham’s thoughts or feelings, but what we do see is Abraham’s obedience immediately following God’s request.

Abraham brings his son, as well as some servants, and all of the necessary tools for the sacrifice to a mountain that God led him to, which is when today’s scripture takes place. The verse we’re focusing on shows Abraham talking to his servants just moments before he was planning to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, per God’s request.

… “You stay here with the donkey while the boy and I go over there. We’ll worship. After that we’ll come back to you.”

The Bible shows us that most people at the time didn’t have a back and forth, conversational relationship with God. Abraham was one of the few. And what’s clearly visible in this scripture is a complete trust in God and an unshakeable belief in the goodness of God’s character. One of the few men who personally knew God, and knew Him well, was not only willing to obey God’s request to sacrifice his only son, he also believed they would both return to the servants that were waiting for them.

I think one of the biggest struggles we face, even as believers, is trusting God’s character. So many of us tend to look at God the way that we look at our parents. Even those who had incredible parents aren’t familiar with a perfect, flawless Father. We see things we don’t understand, and we start to doubt God’s goodness and love. But Abraham didn’t. As far as we can tell, Abraham didn’t even flinch at the thought of complying to God’s request. He was confident in God’s plan and he moved toward it with complete faith.

I struggle with this a lot – it’s really difficult for me to see that God’s still good when things aren’t going as planned. When my husband and I dealt with years of infertility, it became incredibly hard to believe that God had a good plan. I began to question if God really was who He said He was, and if His promises were real. I’d like to say that I handled the situation with grace and faith, but that’s far from the truth. Only after stepping back from that circumstance, 3 years later, could I see that God does have a plan, that His way is the best way. And I know that He’s forgiven me for my lack of faith during that time – but I can’t help but think about how much easier it would have been to walk through that struggle with Him.

Because I’m learning more and more about God’s character every day, the next time I’m faced with something difficult or unplanned, the next time God asks me to trust Him, I’d like to believe that it will be a little bit easier. And I may never be able to face one of God’s requests with complete faith the way that Abraham did, but he set an example for all of us to look to. And God provided an outcome for all of us as proof of His goodness.

If you didn’t read the entire story in Genesis 22 yet, spoiler alert; Abraham and Isaac did in fact return to the servants. His unwavering trust in God’s character was spot on.

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When is the last time God asked you to do something hard? Did you meet His request with faith and trust? Or did you begin to question His character? What steps can you take to facilitate a deeper, more trusting relationship with the Lord?

Pray

For a deeper knowledge and understanding of God’s character.

Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 medium apple, cut into small pieces
  • 1 T chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a ramekin with non-stick spray
  3. In the ramekin, mash banana and then add all remaining ingredients except for nuts
  4. Mix well and sprinkle nuts on top
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until top and sides are browned and a toothpick pulls out clean from the center
  6. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before eating

Nutrition

Calories

949 cal

Fat

83 g

Carbs

47 g

Protein

16 g
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