Reference Text : Genesis 22:1b-19
Genesis 22:2 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.
Sarah was still alive when the request was put forward for Abraham to offer his son, Isaac as a burnt offering to God. However, as his actions, even towards his servants showed, nobody else but himself and God knew what was actually going on hence a bigger question arises: Sarah as his wife was still present so why was this decision taken solely by Abraham without the solicitation of counsel from his wife?
We may come up with a myriad of reasons why but most notably, the one many of us may agree with is that as a husband, he probably did not want to burden Sarah with the guilt of having led her only son to the slaughter thus opted to carry this load alone. This was just a test for Abraham but ‘what if’ the situation differed and there was no turning back? Can you even begin to wonder what his explanation to his wife would be?
This decision made solely by Abraham also represents some of those we have to make at some point in our lives and just like him, we may be tempted to contemplate whether to run it by a loved one, a trusted companion or to move straight into execution. This stage in the decision making process can be described as that which makes or breaks because the counsel you receive or do not receive will eventually determine whether you will be satisfied with the outcome or be filled with regret.
But you know what, the reality is there are some decisions you will have to make solely by yourself and those others you definitely will require some counsel to make. The wisdom to make this distinction thus becomes a most essential component of this process.
Remember # whether or not others are involved, you always have to run all decisions by God.