Today we travel along with Abraham. Abraham and Sara were very old when God had promised them a heart felt desire to have a child. Once that child arrived with great faith and trials Abraham didn’t know that his faith would be tested once more.
Sometimes God tests us to see our hearts. Are we committed to the right causes? Are we putting Him first despite what blessings are around us?
Abraham was asked the unthinkable. To sacrifice his son.
“Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2
Has God asked you to let go of those desires that you are placing above Him?
Regardless that God had asked Abraham the impossible, Abraham was obedient, he and his son went out to the place that God was leading Abraham.
One thing I must point out that even facing the impossible and the uncertainty of what would happen, Abraham had faith in God’s goodness and grace. He had an amazing relationship and some how knew what many seem to stumble with.
“He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Genesis 22:5
Somehow Abraham knew they would come back, both of them. He somehow knew that his son would not be a burnt offering and will return. Those words of faith are powerful.
What are you speaking?
After his son had questioned Abraham, “where was the lamb to be offered as a sacrifice?” Abraham did not skip a beat and said “That GOD would provide the lamb.”
What type of faith are you displaying? Are you standing strong, not on what maybe in front of you but of the power of God. Of his wonderful mercy and His wonderful Grace?
Although Abraham had this faith, He was also willing to do what God had asked him. Abraham knew something that many of us struggle with.
He knew he was serving a God of the impossible.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven,
“Abraham! Abraham!” Genesis 22:9-11
But I want you to also take notice of Abraham’s son Isaac. How Isaac allowed his own father to bind him regardless of also what it looked like. He trusted enough in his father who trusted in God.
How are you setting the standard?
When God saw how willing Abraham was to give up what he dearly loved to be obedient to a faithful God, God provided a lamb.
This story is a story that tests our own hearts, I don’t know about you but I have children and this one touches my heart each time. Because it begs the question
“Would you be willing to give up and slay what you hold precious and dear? What you love?”
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12
God tests our hearts through this story because of the great sacrifice he has given to us. His son, his one and only son, Jesus Christ.
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