“Do not be afraid little flock for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12: 32) Be ready to serve and to make your calling and election sure. Understand the times.
When God calls us, we are to respond as Abraham did, saying, “Here I am!” He responded even before he knew what God was going to ask of him.
The Father and the Son were walking together carrying the fire (wood) to the place of sacrifice. “Where is the sacrifice? Isaac asked.” The Father answered, “God Himself will provide.” Then the two continued walking together. To obey is better than sacrifice. It leads you to the fire and through the fire; then enables you to carry the fire!
There are difficult circumstances that we sometimes are involved in, that are clearly a test of our faith and obedience. How we respond is very important. Abraham’s faith was “off the charts” to have the courage to place his only son on the altar. He must have believed, so strongly, that God would provide another sacrifice. God did just that! There was a ram nearby stuck in the thicket and it was not able to escape.
His faith and act of obedience released the same response from him when God called again. That response was, “Here I am!” No attitude, no hesitation came from him, with a knife in hand. I often wonder what Isaac thought? Was his Daddy explaining himself throughout this heart-wrenching test? Abraham passed the test and God stopped him from sacrificing his son.
The father (Abraham) modeled obedience which was seen by his son, which resulted in blessing the nations. His obedience produced blessings too numerous to count. Can all the stars and every grain of sand ever be counted? That’s the size of his inheritance. One good response from just one that is called, can help many others respond correctly and be ready to serve. Our obedience affects others, for sure!
One day we will dwell in His Holy, royal house, in that place of worship and honoring our God in our heavenly home. In Biblical days, that sanctuary, holy hill, was inside the temple in Jerusalem, the place where they were God’s guests, where they had access to God at His dwelling.
(Luke 12: 32-59, Genesis 22, Psalm 15, Paraphrased & Modified)
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