Summary: When you are walking with God, you will still be asked to sacrafice
Here I am
All of us who know anything at all about the Bible are familiar with this story . . . how God spoke to Abraham to get out of his country into Canaan, and he did.
Later God told Abraham that He would bless him by giving him a son and making his son into a nation. When it did not happen because of the obvious problems, Sarah being barren, Abraham tried to come up with his own solution to the problem by suggesting to God that he make Eliazer his heir, being his right hand man, he had earned a place. But he was not a blood relative.
Then Sarah makes a suggestion, taking Hagar, her handmaid for a concubine and have a child.
God rejected both of these alternate plans that had been suggested by Abraham and told him that through Sarah he would have a son.
Sarah did conceive and bore a son and they named him Isaac (meaning Laughter, Perhaps because Sarah laughed at the seemingly absurd promise that she and Abraham would have a son at such an old age! Or maybe it had to do with the joy of physically holding a promise of God).
Then we reach our scripture today, all of a sudden, God tells Abraham to take Isaac up to a mountain in the area of Moriah and to sacrifice him upon an altar as a burnt offering!
Can you imagine the heart ache Abraham felt?
God had brought him from his home and his family to a land where he was a complete stranger and even an enemy to many of the inhabitants of that land.
God had refused his solutions to the problem of his not having an heir to inherit the land!
God had promised him that he would have a son, and that through this son, his offspring would become a nation.
Now God is telling him to kill his heir for whom he had been so patient. Well sort of..
How about your life? How much do you trust God to direct your life? Do you really trust God enough to turn loose and respond to his direction?
Paul tells us how to act, in response to God offer of a guiding relationship offered through Jesus.
Romans 12:1-2 says . . . . Living Sacrifices
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Luke says it this way in Luke 9:23-25 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?"
--The point that I’d like to get across in today’s message is that every believer must present himself to God.
By doing exactly what the Bible says. Now some will think it is ridiculous, the book is 2000 years old. How can it direct my life?
I hope that from your reading of the Bible, you will agree that it teaches that Christians have an obligation to do something for Christ. Perhaps, you think you have no clue to what God wants. And I will share with you that is where the Holy Spirit moves to center stage.
When opportunities to do something for God appear, the spirit makes you notice. Unfortunately, it will never make you react.
All it can do is give you a funny feeling and prompt a response. Over time we learn what to do with the feeling. Many times we respond and that normally results in a “I did something good feeling.”
But eventually we end up saying no for some reason time or situation, whatever and the funny feeling changes flavor, to something sort of like regret.
It does not take too many times of saying no before we become immune and brush off God’s directions without a second though.
Maybe is thinking, I’ve done my part, or I don’t like that idea, or just No Not me.
Eventually, there is nothing you would freely do for God in response the that prompting, no matter how simple.
-What do you think races through the mind of a man that had been so faithful to God? There is no way that I heard that Right! God is that really you?