Surrender like Abraham

Like Abraham I want to surrender my Isaac
Leave my desires on the alter
And so if it’s His will kill them with the knife
It’s only then in complete surrender I can have life

Like Abraham I want to surrender my Isaac
Leave my desires on the alter
Knowing that He has complete power
To overcome what humanity’s brokenness would devour

Like Abraham I want to surrender my Isaac
Leave my desires on the alter
Cut the strings that I’ve attached to my gifts
So that when I walk away from the alter they don’t lift

Like Abraham I want to surrender my Isaac
Leave my desires on the alter
Knowing that no matter what He has the power to save
Even if it’s sending all my desires, even good, to the grave

4 thoughts on “Surrender like Abraham

  1. I love that you use the word “surrender” here instead of “sacrifice.” I’m not sure if that was intentional or not but I think it changes the entire essence of the poem. Beautiful!

    • Yeah, it was intentional 🙂 When I wrote this, I was learning about surrender. Surrender entails a level of sacrifice of our desires so that they conform with His. Abraham had to surrender to his flesh in wanting his son to live, not killing him, and then trusting that God would still fulfill His promises. In a way he surrendered everything God had told and promised Abraham on that alter knowing that God would be faithful still. That is a whole new level of surrender and trust few have been to.

      And thank you!

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