“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. (2) 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.” (3) Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. (4) On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. (5) 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.” (6) Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, (7) Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (8) Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. Genesis 22:1-8
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” It’s hard to believe that another week has passed us by; but one thing we can say…God was with us, otherwise we wouldn’t be together here today.
As we begin our time together, I would like to say that the Bible reading that God led me to today is one of my favorite readings in the Bible. The main thing that caught my eye, as I was preparing to write you today; is that Abraham not only obeyed God but he knew God enough and was connected to Him in a way, where he trusted God with his son’s life.
Can you imagine how you would feel, if you were told by God to take your child to a high mountain and sacrifice him or her? I think if we were to be honest before God today, we would find it difficult to do this; but Abraham had such a close relationship with God, which made it easier for him to trust God…knowing that He had everything under control.
Even though Abraham was trusting God, I’m sure that there must have been moments, when he felt torn apart…thinking that this could be the last time he would ever see his son. Abraham probably didn’t fully understand God’s reasoning in all that was taking place at the time; but he continued to obey God and trust Him and in the end; God proved Himself faithful, as the lamb in the thicket became the sacrifice that day.
Can we say that we trust God with our lives, in the same way that Abraham trusted God, for his son’s life? In other words…even though life seems bleak, with no hope in sight, do we truly know that God has everything under control and no matter what turns we take in life; He will be there, to work everything out in a way that will be for our best?
Sometimes, I think that instead of looking at our circumstances, in the way that God longs to reveal them to us; we tend to focus too much on how we feel everything will turn out. The only bad thing about this; is that if God works out our circumstances in a different way than what we first thought; then we could find ourselves crashing to the ground with disappointment, which can make it that much harder to get back up to our feet.
I have found over time; that it’s better to walk the path of God, rather than create our own footsteps to walk in. When we choose to place our complete trust in God and let Him unfold each detail before us…in His time and in His way; then there won’t be any disappointments and in the end, we will come to see even more; that we can trust God with our lives.
May you truly find God to be a friend that you can trust with your life!
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