When God trusts you he will take you to places that you never thought you would have to go. Abraham waited a century for Isaac. He separated himself from his son Ishmael for Isaac. He loved and adored this son—Then God asked him to sacrifice him. What a horrible thought. Abraham was faithful. He took his son and laid him on the alter. He raised the knife and God stopped him from completing the sacrifice. God trusted Abraham to the end and Abraham did the same. This relationship was a picture the nation of Israel would never forget.
Then God did the same. He sent his son, laid him on the alter and allowed his life to be forfeited for our salvation. How much are we willing to trust God? How far are we willing to go. The truth is our faith and our surrender are the only gifts we can give that bring our Lord joy. The attitude of surrender are the sweetest sacrifice of all. We only need to follow him and listen and we will see it credited as righteousness. God loves us. He takes us to the edge time and again. Each event draws us closer and makes us more willing to trust him. Things that used to seem impossible seem very doable in his power. Help me, lord to follow closely and trust you complexly.
God Bless You
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.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. ”