DAY 182 OF 365 IN 2021
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.
What did he know that made his faith so bold? What made him so courageous? Why was his faith so unwavering? These were some of the questions that plagued my mind as I continued reading the story of Abraham. Perhaps, you can help find answers to some of these and also ask some questions yourself because his story, is one that leaves me continually asking ‘HOW’?
Let’s be realistic for a brief moment: ‘If we had been recipients of such instruction, to offer the only son born to us when we were a hundred years old as a burnt offering, the odds of us obeying would be close to zero. Absolutely no chance. It’s not even a matter to ponder on, my only son? No way! We would rather say ‘ask for something else’, but Abraham said nothing.
Was this not the same Abraham who a few chapters ago, had a negotiated with God for the saving of Sodom if there were 10 righteous men when the starting point was 50? Why didn’t he negotiate this time? Not even one word back to God – he just packed up and set off. During those three long days of commuting to Mount Moriah, what would have been going through his mind? Anguish? Pain? Stress? Fear? I really don’t know how he found the strength to complete the journey the but somehow he made it. But when he was ready to offer Isaac up, the command came to halt.
So again, I ask the opening question ‘what did he know that made his faith so unwavering?’ He knew with certainty that Isaac was the sacrifice, yet he said ‘God would provide the lamb himself’ and yes, God did provide. Beloved, in absolute obedience, God comes through and for the one who is not afraid to give ‘all of himself and his stock, God is even more willing to offer all of Himself in return.
“The price for all of God, is all of you”Apostle Joshua Selman