Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed difficult? impossible? I doubt any of you have had the same experience as Abraham. When Moses wrote the book of Genesis, he said that God tested Abraham, telling him to sacrifice his son of promise, the son he loved [Genesis 22]. If you know the story, Abraham didn’t end up sacrificing his son. When Jews recount the story, they refer to it as the “binding of Isaac.”
What strikes me about this encounter is that Abraham didn’t hesitate. He didn’t consult advisors. The Scripture says that he got up early in the morning to carry out what God had asked him to do. Immediately, his response was, “Yes, Lord, I’ll do it right away.”
I’m encouraged by Abraham’s “no nonsense, no-questions-asked” faith.” That’s the kind of faith that says, “OK, Lord. I’m on my way,” even when asked the unimaginable. I know Abraham didn’t know the old hymn, Trust and Obey, but it surely fits here. Abraham simply believed and obeyed God.
I’ve often wondered how Abraham felt on his way to the mountain. Disturbed? Frightened? Sick to his stomach? Or, in faith, was it like any other day? Regardless, Abraham’s obedience turned out to be one of the greatest events of his life, and an inspiration to Christ followers to this day.
Perhaps you’re at a “faith moment.” If so, trust God above all else, and do what He wants you to do. He will make a way. Just ask Abraham!
And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” And he said, “Take your only son Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I will tell you. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his colt, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, He got wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place that God had told him. Genesis 22.1-3