The Pain Before The Promise (Part 1)
by Damainion Ewell
Imagine yourself going through a great period of time in your life. The bill collectors have not called. The principal of the school has not called with a bad report. The repo man did not take anything out of your driveway. You even managed to shed off a few pounds after decimating plate after plate during the holidays. Everything is blissful, and the blessings of the LORD have seemingly overtaken you.
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:1-2, NKJV)
What if everything that was outwardly in order suddenly, and without warning, takes the plunge off that delicate precipice that we call blessing? The fleshly concept of being blessed is a slippery slope. If we are not careful, we can slide off the edge and fall into an abyss of despair, outrage and hopelessness. If you have experienced anything similar in your life, Abraham’s testimony, more than likely, trumps your own.
On a directive and a word from God, Abraham would have stripped his ONLY SON naked, laid him flatly on a few chunks of wood and BURNED HIM ALIVE as a sacrifice! Oftentimes, the parents of children can barely endure the heartache of watching their child scrape their knee or bruise their arm. A broken bone, in many cases, is completely out of the question.
“And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son…” (Genesis 22:10, NKJV)
How grief-stricken and mournful Abraham must have felt, knowing that the child that he HAS seen, he was about to sacrifice to a God that he had NEVER seen. However, in his absolute love for God, he willingly, knowingly and passionately grabbed the knife to STAB his own son.
“And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Genesis 22:12, NKJV)
The pain is there. Torture and anguish abound inside of you night and day. You walk circumspectly, but with every painstaking step, you are in the midst of collapsing. Your cry produces puddles of tears and the bruising on the inside refuses to mend. The burden is great. You want to quit.
“Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:16-18, NKJV)
God has decreed that enough is enough. The agony swiftly transforms into destiny. The cement shoes are removed from your feet, and walking speedily turns into running. The tears dry up, and a smile brighter than the midday sun is born. The bruising has healed. The burden is no more.
The promise has arrived.
Damainion Ewell is a well-traveled freelance journalist and a man on a mission. Formerly known in many secular arenas as “The Millennium Writer,” Damainion took a God-imposed hiatus from journalism in late 2005 to concentrate on his family and other personal endeavors. Nearly two years later, Damainion is on the brink of his writing comeback, with a singular mission in mind: to glorify the name of Jesus Christ with every word that he writes. Damainion is currently working on two Christian literary offerings and enjoying life with his wife of seven years and their three wonderful children.