Before Abraham ever called God by this name, the Lord asked him to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. It was Abraham’s response that floored me.
Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled 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.
I don’t know what time of day God spoke to Abraham about taking his son to the mountain of sacrifice. But what strikes me the hardest is the fact that immediately – early in the morning – the next day, he was ready to travel.
If I were asked to give up a child, I could find so many excuses to put it off. I would want to spend some time with him. Maybe even throw him a going away party so his friends could say goodbye. I might spend nights in prayer so that I could get a “confirmation” that God really said what He said.
I remember when my middle daughter, Sarah, went away to a ministry internship in Texas. Even knowing that I would see her again from time to time it was hard to let her go. I can’t even imagine what Abraham was going through internally. I don’t know that I could have gone through with it.
Unlike me, Abraham did just what God had asked him to do. Not only did He respond positively, but he did it immediately when he was asked to do it. This is the secret to persevering under testing. We must be quick to obey God.
I have talked to so many people who have told me things like, “I know God wants me to do this, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.” Too often the things that God asks of us get put on the back burner. We are waiting until our goals are finished.
So often we like to put the teachings of Scripture into little bubbles. When we talk about God’s provision, we only want hear about how to tap into God’s supply.
Obedience is in a different bubble. That’s one we don’t want to hear about very often. In the life of Abraham we learn that everything is interconnected. How well I tap into God’s supply is dependent upon my level of obedience.
Don’t fall into the “bubble” trap. Review your life. Is there something you’re neglecting that you know is God’s plan for you. Repent of your inaction. Spend time with Him and commit yourself to His desire for you.
This could very well release a blessing that has been stalled out for a while.
Question: Is there something God wants you to do that you’ve been slow to obey?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013