"After these events, God tested and proved Abraham and said to him, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. God said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I will 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; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and then began the trip to the place which God had told him."
Serving God is the only way to true happiness.
This passage talks of Abraham's extreme faith in God. Most today would think, "Why would God even ask someone to do that?" I believe God used this example to ensure the reader understands the only true way to happiness is by total obedience. When God saw Abraham's willingness to obey, He provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice in place of Isaac (Gen. 22:12-13).
We all go through tests. As with Abraham, these tests are designed to try, prove, and develop our faith. One of the tests I had to face was: "What if I can't work any longer due to my illness? How will I survive? How will my children survive?" Such thoughts can put your faith at risk.
What about you? You may want to get married. What if you never meet Mr. Right? You may want a certain person in your family to change. What if they never change? Even with all those prayers? Can you still be happy as a follower of God? You may feel you should be earning more money. What if that never comes? Will you still be happy?
If you don't get whatever you want, can you still love God with all your heart? Will you still serve him all the days of your life? Or, are you just trying to get something from him? There is a fine line that divides the motives of the heart between selfish and selfless; we must always make sure we understand which side of the line we are on.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "Keep my faith through it all."
Help me to meditate each day: "Show me how to stay strong"
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.