I Am Isaac, not Ishmael
“But we, brethren, are children [not by physical descent, as was Ishmael, but] like Isaac, born in virtue of promise.” (Galatians 4:28, AMP)
Like Isaac, I am a child of promise. I’ve only recently come to know and understand this truth. Many years, I felt like Ishmael – unwanted and cut off. I still remember the day at 15, my Mom came into my room and told me I was an accident, a “mistake.” She and Dad were dating and she became pregnant. Realizing she was pregnant, they decided to “do the right thing” and get married. For years, I felt I was a child of circumstance and that I was not really wanted. Each time Dad would leave us or get drunk and abusive, my Mom’s words would echo in my mind.
Years later after Dad died, my brothers shared they too felt Dad resented me -- even worse, that he was jealous of the life I had and the life he missed. I was stunned by their words. I walked with anger and resentment toward my Mom and Dad for many years especially my Mom. I asked myself, “Why did she tell me that? Did she stop to think how that would make me feel and what it might mean to me?”
Thankfully, I reconciled with my Dad two days before he died. We sat and talked, cried, looked beyond the hurt of the past and embraced each other with love and compassion. I also praise God that His grace allowed me to forgive my mom, love her, and care for her the last seven years of her life as she slipped away into Alzheimer’s.
Today, my past no longer matters and is irrelevant. I understand who I am and Whose I am. I am a loved and cherished son of the Most High God and Heir to the promises of God. I am Isaac, a child of promise. Who are you? I encourage you to spend time in God’s Word and ask God who you are to Him! His answer will change your life!
Lord, thank you for the truth and power!of your Word. I am your Son, your child, and I give you praise for your loving kindness, mercy and grace. I believe that I receive every promise in your Word because of the blood of Jesus. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.