Make Up Test
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.” Genesis 22:1-3
Yesterday at the Colony Chapel, Pastor John Hibbard shared a powerful word on the life of Abraham with us. The story is a familiar one when Abraham was asked by God to take his son Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice.
Pastor Hibbard reminded is that Abraham had failed several tests earlier in his life:
1. The test of obedience = obey
2. The test of faith = trust
3. The test fearing God = fearing God
Now in this part of Abraham’s life he faces his greatest test yet. It’s as if God is giving him a make-up test and will be in the same three areas: obedience, trust and the fear of God.
You know the end of the story. Abraham was faithful to obey immediately (Genesis 22:3); he had the faith that God would keep his promise that Isaac would carry on his name (Genesis 21:12) and his act of doing exactly as God instructed demonstrated that he feared the Lord (Genesis 23:12).
The application of the message was very timely for me personally because of something that I have been going through the past few weeks. It didn’t hit me as I was writing down the four points. But then it hit me – how timely God is in speaking through His servants. He knew exactly what I needed to hear:
1. When God tests us he usually does so in the area of something that is precious in our lives. Isaac was first born son to Abraham and Sarah when they were almost 100! This was his ONLY son at this point.
2. The test is often lonely. Abraham instructed the servants to stay behind while he and Isaac finished walking the rest of the way. I had to be a very lonely time in Abraham’s life.
3. The test demands total faith in God’s Word. Abraham had screwed up enough to have learned the lesson that God is ALWAYS faithful to HIS word.
4. Deliverance from the test may not come until the last minute. God is never usually early – but He is always right on time! Isaac was already tied to the altar. Abraham had raised the knife – but in God’s time, the angel of the Lord stayed Abraham’s hand and God provided a lamb.
Of course there are so many prophetic implications to the Messiah, but for me, this story was a reminder that in the midst of the tests of life, I can trust in His promises, experience His power and wait expectantly for His provisions.
What test are you facing right now in your life? Will you OBEY, TRUST and FEAR the Lord? – Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This:I have loved Him for a long time, but I have never actually done anything for Him. From now on I will do whatever he leads me to do. Count Von Zinzendorf
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2