The Challenge of Ultimate Obedience
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God asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice. He did. But I wonder if I would.
Iíve walked through old cemeteries and let my eyes stagger over the headstones. Three months old. Six months old. One day old. Iíve listened to stories told by my grandparents and other senior adults who lived through more difficult times than Iíve witnessed. Cold houses. Hard work. No money. Diseases. The doctor too far away. We couldnít get him quickly enough. Or when we did he simply had no cure.
And Iíve heard many parents remark, ďNo parent should have to bury their child.Ē But many have. Because of illness, or because the child made foolish choices. Abraham didnít actually have to, but he was willing because God asked. Donít you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? (James 2:21 NLT)
God promised Abraham many descendants through one child. The problem was he had no child. Only an old wife who was long past the age of childbearing. Until God touched her and gave her a son. They were overjoyedÖuntil God asked Abraham to sacrifice him on an altar. James talks as if Abraham actually completed the act, but the story reveals that God intervened in the nick of time. In Godís eyes, Abraham didÖbecause he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the One he loved tremendously.
Iím the proud father of two children, but Iím not sure Iíd give them up if God asked. Iíd die for them. But giving their life to GodÖ. Iím intelligent enough to recognize, however, that my reluctance demonstrates unwillingness to make whatever sacrifice God requires. I have priorities that need re-arranging and heart issues that need tending. We all do. God is working on mine, and Iím making forward progress. As with Abraham, the key is my willingness to obey God and trust him regardless of what he asks me to do.
Are you willing to make whatever sacrifice God asks of you?
Prayer: Merciful God, build in us a complete trust of Your hand so we will make whatever sacrifice You require. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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