It is our weekly habit to meet the core leaders and share about our experiences. That is the time when we gather and testify God's greatness in our lives though at some point of our talks, we still come to the topic about how we failed on that week.
As I was analyzing the conversations and stories, one of our leaders talked about Abraham and Isaac. Have you heard about their story?
Abraham is a very wealthy person at their time. Though he is old back then, what He ask for is a child from his own blood and family. Then after some years of faithfully waiting, God answered his prayer. Her wife bore a child named Isaac.
Since Abraham was longing for that son, his attention was too much given to Isaac though of course we believe that Abraham still stands faithful to God. At one point of his life, God spoke to him. (Gen 22:2) Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." (3) 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. (4) On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. (5) He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you." (6) Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, (7) Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" (8) Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together. (9) When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. (10) Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. (11) But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. (12) "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
This was a very tough situation for Abraham, imagine he was challenge by God to sacrifice his only son from Sarah even though it was his very loving child. What I love about this story is that Abraham was truly faithful to God even to the extent of giving off his son.
To sum it up, this is the danger of having idols in our lives. Time will come that God may remove them from our hands if we will give much attention to them rather than knowing God. If fact, we all know that we are made for His purpose. I guess its time for us to give up those idols then come back to God.
Again, if there are idols in your life, it will be best to take them off and make God the most important of all.
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