a quote for today {a poem about Isaac}

dear friends, today i wanted to share with you a poem that i keep reading over and over.

i keep reading it because it is beautiful and convicting. i can’t seem to get it out of my head.

it is a poem based on Abram’s test of faith to offer up his son to God as a sacrifice. {Genesis 22:1-19}

i challenge you to read it. read it slowly and to think and pray about who/what is YOUR Isaac that God is asking you to hold up to Him? snowflake


For every Abraham who dares
to kiss the foreign field
where glory for a moment grasped
Is for a lifetime tilled . . .

The voice of God
speaks not but once
but ’til the traveler hears
“Abraham! Abraham! Bring your
Isaac here!”

“Bring not the blemished sacrifice.
What lovest thou the most?
Look not into the distance,
you’ll find your Isaac close.”

“I hear the tearing of your heart
torn between two loves,
the one your vision can behold
the Other hid above.”

“Do you trust me, Abraham
with your gravest fear?
Will you pry your fingers loose
and bring your Isaac here?”

“Have I not made you promises?
Hold them tight instead!
I am the Lover of your soul –
the Lifter of your head.”

“Believe me, O my Abraham
when blinded by the cost.
Arrange the wooded altar
and count your gains but loss.”

“Let tears wash clean your blinded eyes
until unveiled you see –
the ram caught in the thicket there
to set your Isaac free.”

“Perhaps I’ll send him down the mount
to walk right by your side
No longer in your iron grasp
but safer still in mine.”

“Or I may wrap him in the wind
and sweep him from your sight
to better things beyond your reach –
believe with all your might!”

“Look up, beloved Abraham.
Can you count the stars?
Multitudes will stand to reap
from one dear friend of God.”

“Pass the test, my faithful one;
bow to me as Lord.
Trust me with your Isaac –
I am your great Reward.”

poem from Beth Moore’s Whispers of Hope(Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1998, p 114-15)


this is  hard to think about, isn’t it? it’s convicting to realize that there are things i hold on to in my life.  i know that there are so many “things” that i hold on to with a tight fist.  things that i sometimes treasure more than God!

God is asking us to unfurl our tight little fingers, “pry our fingers loose” and give Him everything. absolutely everything. HE is the “lover of [my] soul and lifter of [my] head.” nothing else can be. and really, isn’t HE trustworthy with that “thing” we are holding on to? and really, won’t HE take better care of it than we ever could?! “He is [our] great reward”

what is something you’re holding on to? did this poem speak to you too? i’d love to hear.

xoxo-kimberly renee


One Response to a quote for today {a poem about Isaac}

  1. Sherri Brown December 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Wow – makes you think. I’ll be passing that along and posting it on my ‘fridge.

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