Faith Tested

Deb Goolsby

“Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith.  “Abraham!”  God called.  “Yes,” he replied.  “Here I am.”  “Take your son, your only son, yes, Isaac, whom you love so much, and go to the land of Moriah.  Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”  Genesis 22:1-2

Abraham was told to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, as a burnt offering.  As you read on in Genesis 22, you will see that Abraham didn’t question, he just did as he was instructed.  Imagine the feeling, you waited so long for the son God promised, you even tried to handle things on your own, stepping ahead of God.  God forgave you and now He is asking you to give up something that is so dear to you, the most dear to you.  But, Abraham showed his total trust in God; he was obedient to even sacrifice his only son.

What is God asking you to place on the altar?  Are you are trying to reason with God, fix it your own way, or just go on your own path?

God tested Abraham, not to make him fail, but to deepen his ability to desire to obey God, and at the same time develop is character.  When you see how a Smithy reshapes the horseshoe to fit perfectly on the hoof of the horse, he puts it through the fire to allow the shaping to take place.  There’s the perfect fit, allowing the animal to walk and work properly.  So to our God sometimes allows us to go through the fire to deepen our relationship and to refine our character.

So as it was with Abraham’s choice to follow God’s instruction without question, we, too, must choose.  God’s way, or our way!  Refinement, or self choice!  It’s up to you.  I know I choose God’s way and ask for forgiveness for taking the lead so many times.

“I will certainly bless you.”  Genesis 22:17a

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems, and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment, for we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”  Romans 5:3-5

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