In the world but not of it

May 25, 2010

Deeper still…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. Genesis 22:1

The story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his only son Isaac is one of the most intense stories in all of scripture. For a parent, it is a heart wrenching thought to even consider having to go through with it and yet even though we know the outcome we can still empathize with Abraham and perhaps some of the emotion he must have felt at the time.

We also know that this story brings such a powerful parallel teaching to how our Lord and Savior lived and died. It is a powerful and visual teaching of the birth, life, ministry and death of Christ on the exact spot where Abraham was called to sacrifice his son.

But I want to draw out something else in this wonderful story that we must also consider. This test of Abraham’s faith was by far the greatest test he had ever faced. It was, no doubt, the most difficult and perhaps the most challenging to understand. After all, how could the same God who had done such amazing things in his life, fulfilling promise after promise, now ask such a thing?

Yet it is clear from Abraham’s obedience to follow God’s exact instruction that he trusted His Lord completely to even resurrect his son if God needed to since Abraham told his servants just before going up the mountain…”We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” (Genesis 22:5)

We often look back on our lives and the trials and difficulties the Lord has brought us through and somehow we convince ourselves that the worst is over or that things won’t be as difficult again. That may be true for some of us and God does not want us living in some state of paranoia or anticipation of bad things happening.

But to go deeper with the Lord continuously, to be molded more and more into His image and to experience the fullness of His life through us here on earth may require situations and circumstances that we were not expecting. He may ask things of us that make no sense, appear to have no reasoning or logic, but we know, through stories like that of Abraham and Isaac, that His motive and plan for us is always predicated on His deep love and the ultimate fulfillment of His purpose…

Deeper, deeper still…

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