Abraham and Isaac
He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” … When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” Genesis 22:1-12
This passage might strike you one of two ways, “How could God command Abraham to do such a thing?” which in short the answer would be who are we to question what God asks of us? In this instance God was only testing Abraham however Abraham did not have a doubt in his mind that the Lord would provide so he SUBMITTED (see what I did there) to his authority. The other way you could have interpreted this passage was by seeing an ultimate example of trust and submission to the Father, one without question one we need to live by. This was Abraham’s ONLY son by Sarah, it was his promise and yet he was ready to sacrifice him to the Father. How much more should we submit to what God tells us! More often than not we question or doubt Him. Why should I give? I’m barely scraping by. Why should I join a bible study? I can study by myself. Why should I serve in church? They look like they got it under control. God is not asking you to question Him, God is telling you to trust him.
Not only do we see Abraham submit to His father but we see Isaac Submit to Abraham, do you really believe that Abraham (100 + years old) would have subdued Isaac (a young man) on an alter ready to be given as a sacrifice unto the Lord, no! Not if Isaac let Abraham do this, Isaac trusted His Father who Trusted God.
Christ genuinely wants what is best for us: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Take time today to …
Focus on the things God has called you to do.
Trust that everything will work out for the good.