Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:1‑3
Did you know that sometimes the most difficult thing that God asks you to do turns out to be the greatest thing that ever happened to you? Take the case of Abraham. Genesis 22:1-3 tells about his trial of faith. We know that Abraham didn’t end up sacrificing his son, but look at his response. Right away he said, “Here I am.” Abraham rose early in the morning. He didn’t wait for a few weeks to see if God’s direction was going to change. He didn’t consult his investment manager to see if he could feasibly lose his son. He just did what God said.
Abraham’s faith was a “no-questions-asked” faith. It was the kind of faith that says, “Yes, Lord, I’m on my way.” Even though he was asked to do something harder than anyone could ever imagine, Abraham believed and obeyed God.
Abraham was one of the few men to ever speak to God as a friend, but how do you think he felt after this encounter — Disturbed? Frightened? Sick to his stomach? And yet Abraham’s obedience turned out to be the greatest event of his life.
Are you at a “faith moment” in your life? Do you need to trust God above all else? I encourage you to do it. Reach out in faith. God will deliver you just as He delivered Abraham.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder