Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:1-3
I love this familiar story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his only son. What faith he had in his covenant with God. Not once did he cry, slam his fist on the table, stomp off in a huff. He had already set his heart toward obedience to God and absolutely nothing could shake him from his course.
How about you? Has God ever asked you to do difficult things where that kind of trust was needed? It’s so easy to say yes to God but when He actually expects to see you do it, well pause and think on that for a minute.
I remember a pastor friend of mine saying, “If you haven’t heard God speak to you recently, go back to the last thing he asked you to do.” You see, obedience is key to hearing the voice of God in your life and walking in the covenant blessings provided. Thats why we teach our children that there are consequences to disobedience, it’s called a paddle. Two stiff swats on the backside puts things back in perspective.
We’re a bit old for spankings, but I just can’t live in silence. I don’t like knowing I’ve displeased Him, not for one little moment. I can’t say, “I forgot!” because the Holy Spirit’s been reminding me. I’d just chosen to ignore because I had other things I needed to do.
Forgive me, Lord. I got busy serving me and forgot I’m not my own anymore. Can we start over, again? Strengthen my resolve to promptly obey because I don’t like the consequences of my lack of action. Mostly, I don’t want to be responsible for holding back Your work on the earth. Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Today, this hour, this very minute, may I hear Your voice loud and clear.