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How can He ask me to sacrifice my son? My son, the joy of my days and the reason for my smiles. What good can come from this? I really don't understand...it doesn't add up. Nonsense!
“Cut the baby in half!” he commanded. What??? Are you serious? It's a baby for crying out loud! How could God give him the wisdom to come up with such ruling? He should try something else for sure. How will that solve anything? Nonsense!
But I don't get it, why would you want to send me Lord? I am not smart enough... I wouldn't even know what to say. I know for sure they will not listen to me, please send someone else. I don't see how this will work. Nonsense!
I am sure Abraham must have been dumbfounded and clueless when God gave him the command to kill his son (Genesis 22:1-12). Likewise, the mothers and other on lookers must have been shocked when they heard that the only way to settle the dispute between the two professing mothers, was to kill the innocent child caught in the middle. (1st Kings 3:16-28). Jaw-dropping right? In addition, Surely Moses must have scratched his head in disbelief when God instructed him to go tell the mighty Pharaoh to let his people go. He had a lot of “buts” to contradict, and even went as far as asking God to send someone else! (Exodus 3:10-22 & 4:1-16).
They all just could not comprehend the good that would have come from God's requests. Their faith was commendable, but even then, they had doubts and could not grasp any hope of a happy ending. However, the Bible explains in Isaiah 55 verse 8 why this is so. It states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord” (NIV). God knew that He was testing Abraham's trust, faith, and commitment to Him. He also knew that the experience would only serve to strengthen their relationship while preparing Abraham for greater challenges to come. Secondly, while no one else could make sense of cutting a baby in two, God knew that it was a smart way to eliminate the false mother thus shining the spotlight on the biological mother. He not only speared the child's life, but reunited him to his loving mother. Lastly, Moses might have thought God's plan was bound to fail because he lacked self-confidence. He underestimated God's capabilities. Nevertheless, God reassured him that He would go with him, perform signs and wonders, and also give him the words to say. God already knew that He would make Moses successful in leading His people out of Egypt's captivity....Moses didn't.
Today, you might be experiencing similar confusion, disbelief even. You might be asking yourself, how can God ask me to walk out on the love of my life? He/she is definitely my soul mate. Nonsense! You may be thinking, give up my job! No way! It pays big bucks, plus am at the peek of my career and is climbing the social ladder. What good can come from doing that? Nonsense! Or like Moses you might be saying, Me Lord? You want me to go into ministry? But I don't even have a degree! I got a C in English, and I say uhhm a lot. Nonsense!
You know your hearing God's voice, don't try to deny or rationalize it. That tugging feeling in the core of your heart, is not a heartburn. God is imploring you with these words from His holy book, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15 NIV). Friends, Just let go and follow God. His way may not seem to make any sense right now, and you might not be able to figure out the good that will come from His request. Nevertheless, move out in faith. Let me leave you with this final verse of encouragement: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) .
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I really like this piece. I think it's quite clever the way you pulled the three stories out of the Bible, showed their similarity and converted them into a modern day message. The only thing I noticed is near the end you have a your instead of a you're (remember the apostrophe is a place marker, it's saving a's place in line. Sounds goofy but that's a way I remember it. I picture all the letters waiting in line and one needs to scamper off to use the bathroom or something and apostrophe kindly agrees to hold its place. Now you will have that image seared into your mind when you use an apostrophe! :) Seriously though this is a great piece. You should tweak it a bit and submit it to a devotion book or magazine.