“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 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.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac.” Gen 22:1-3 ESV
It seems that Abraham truly understood what it means to be a sojourner in this life. (“I am a sojourner and foreigner among you.” Gen 23:4 ESV ) He was willing to give up his only son. Did he question God? I’m sure he did. But, he still trusted Him with the outcome.
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:34&35 ESV
My One Word for 2016 is TRUST. I can look back and see how God has been faithful in the past. But, sometimes it’s still hard for me to trust Him. My human nature wants to take control and try to figure things out on my own. Or let my thoughts be bound by fear and worry.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!…Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress, He led them by a straight way till they reached the city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalm 107:1,6-9 ESV
Dear Father, thank you for Your promises. And that You promise to finish the work that You started in me. I praise You for who You are. Amen.