Abraham is called by God to demonstrate his faith. We all know the story I’m sure, I can vividly remember the cartoon version I watched on VHS as a little boy, of Abraham and his young son traveling up the mountain to the place, which God had called him. The young Isaac realizing part way up the hill that they hadn’t brought a lamb for sacrifice, and asking his father what they were going to sacrifice. Abraham’s response demonstrates a large amount of faith, he knew God had promised him descendants and blessing, and he trusted in God to provide the lamb for sacrifice.
There are times in all of our lives where we have to put flesh and bones on the faith that we have claimed. Even Abraham’s great faith in telling his son God would provide the sacrifice, didn’t stop the process, because this time, words were not going to be enough. I can remember the first time God called me, it was easy to respond. I was at the end of my rope, after my 3rd attempt at suicide which by all means should have worked, I realized that God wasn’t going to let me go, and he spoke in my heart that he had things here for me to do. It was easy to follow that call, because what else did I have going for me? Absolutely nothing. I was broken, and lost.
A little over 4 years later, and I think about the comforts in which I now rest. God has provided schooling at a great biblically centered university, the wife of my dreams, a job in ministry, great friends and supportive family, and a place to live. What else could I ask for?
Abraham had already received much of what had been promised, but he was then asked to give that up, to receive more than he could ever comprehend. Am I content with what I have now so much so that when God asks me to give up the comforts of my current situation for something more, will I trust him? Or will I be so nearsighted as to withhold things that God has given, and miss out on all that he wants to give. My pastor gives a great analogy, which says that you can’t accept a gift with closed hands. If you hold everything you have been given with open hands, how much more can the Lord bless you!
I must remember when it seems like God asks the impossible, his desire is to bless and take care of me, and he always fulfills his promises.
Sam A. (guest on 66 Books)