01-13-08

It was his greatest treasure. It was what he had looked forward to his entire life.  It was even something that had been promised to him by God.  It was something that was good, not evil.  And yet now God had asked him to give it up.  The “it” was a son, a longed for, much beloved son.  And God said “Sacrifice your son”.  It probably didn’t make sense.  It probably didn’t seem right.  But Abraham heard God and did what God said. You and I know that God did not require Abraham to follow through and actually kill Isaac, but Abraham didn’t know that at the time he set out to obey the Lord.  And then we read about God’s response to Abraham’s obedience:  “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son; blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies” (Gen 22:15-17). 

We could talk about the importance of Abraham painting a picture of God one day sacrificing His Only Son for us, but don’t miss the basic issue – God asked, and Abraham said “yes”.  As a result of obedience, not only would Abraham be blessed, but his descendants would be blessed as well.

It’s not a lot of fun when we sense that God wants us to do something that’s hard.  We may not understand what God is trying to do.  We may not see how it could be a good thing.  But God is looking for men and women who are available to Him, and oh what He wants to do through us when He finds a willing heart.  Trust and obey.  There is no other way.