Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 1 Corinthians 10:11
The scriptures especially old testament presents us with many illustrative characters. These characters and all that happened in their life and generation were recorded for us to look up to as examples in shaping and moulding us into better people. In the course of our study, two great characters jump out unto me challenging my faith and brought more understanding about how to live my life as a believer. These two great men that is Abraham and Isaac, have made impact in my life as I studied.
With these two whose character are closely related, but in choosing one I will go for Isaac. Isaac’s life and character have been of great impact to me these four areas: His spiritual life, family life, how he related with others and finally his attitude towards work.
Isaac spiritual life depicts one of self sacrifice. Isaac meekly allowed allowed himself to be placed upon the altar and lay there not resisting, even when the sacrificial knife was about to be plunged into him, Gen 22:6-10. He allowed his faith to override his fears. A life that is sacrificed does not consider his/her own will first, but God’s deserves overrides all.
Presenting my life as a living sacrifice by walking in obedience daily is one vital lesson I learnt from his spiritual life. God expects me to sacrifice and surrender my life in serving and not holding anything back, Romans 12:1.
His family life was exceptional, as he offered prayer for his wife upon seeing she was barren.
Genesis 25:1-23. He offered prayer filled with deep concern and intensity for his wife. He never criticized his wife’s short falls and condition but interceded and prevailed in prayer changing his wife’s condition from been barren to being fruitful. Being there for the family is one vital lesson of his character.
Isaac built good relationship with others by living in peacefully with them, Genesis 26:12-17. He never contended with them even when he had a good case to present. He preferred peace than to be right. By this God rewarded his character by causing his enemies to make peace with him, Genesis 26:26-31. When we seek peace we shall find it and make our world a better place, 2 Timothy 2:24-25.
Isaac had a life of commitment and positive attitude towards work, Genesis 26:12-23. Although he had a promise of prosperity,he did not sleep expecting God to do the unthinkable but he gave himself to work. Isaac claimed his right as the heir of his father Abraham by reopening the wells of his father. He was committed to success despite failures n contention. In performing tasks and working to achieve a course discouragement, setbacks and contentions may arise, but we must resolve to push in other to achieve success and good rewards for our labour, Philippians 3:13-14
In conclusion, Isaac may not be as exciting and powerful, but in the study of his character are great gems for transformation and impact