When I was a boy, the story of Abraham was one that I knew, but not one that I really understood.
I knew that Abraham was chosen by God to lead His people. I knew God promised Abraham that he would have decedents as numerous as the stars. Late in life, God delivered on His promise through a son, Isaac. As Isaac grew, the Lord wanted to test Abraham’s faith and asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham chose to obey, laid his son down on the alter, pulled his knife back, and stopped abruptly when he heard the voice of God shout. God had seen his faith and stopped Abraham before taking Isaac’s life.
That is until I had children of my own. Now that I am a father, I can’t imagine doing what Abraham was asked to do. His obedience took incredible faith. Abraham trusted God to follow through on His promise, even through the death of his only son.
The story of Abraham isn’t a simple kid’s Bible story for me anymore. It’s one of the most difficult stories in the Bible for me to read. It forces me to think about what I hold dear to my heart. My boys? My wife? My career? My time? Money? Do I hold God dear, above all else?
Abraham obviously trusted God; everything else was second. Is that the same for you? What are you holding closest to your heart? Is it the Lord or something else? Would you be able to raise the knife to anything God asked you to give on the alter?
Ask God to reveal that to you in your prayer time this week.