Summary: If we want to follow in the footsteps of Abraham, and enjoy God's blessings on Abraham on ourselves and the generations that follow us, we must be willing to be obedient when God tests us Sacrifice our best to God See God's Provision befor He gives it
A man by the name of Steve Winger told of his last college exam. It was a final in a class in Logic. The professor was known for giving difficult exams. Steve noted that the professor did make one concession:
"To help us on our test, the professor told us we could bring as much information as we could fit on a piece of notebook paper.
Most students scrammed as many facts as possible on their 8 and 1/2 by 11" sheet of paper.
But one student walked into class, put a piece of paper on the floor, and had an advanced Logic student stand on the paper. The advanced Logic student told him everything he needed to know. And he was the only student to receive an "A"
-Jeff Strite, Sermoncentral.com
Read together Genesis 22:1-17
God Tests our faith (Faith demands obedience)
When you go the pharmacy, and purchase prescription drugs you do so believing that drug has been tested. You trust that the manufacturer has done clinical trials and has proven it is safe.
When you buy a car, you believe it’s safe because car companies are required to test them.
An army going through basic training is not ready for battle. It’s not until soldiers have faced the enemy fire that they consider themselves proven, hardened, worthy.
A ship can’t prove that it’s well built as long as it stays in dry dock. Its hull has to get wet; it must face the waves and storms of the sea to prove it’s genuinely seaworthy.
We expect EVERYTHING that has value to be tested. And the MORE important something is -- the more we rely upon its being safe/valuable - the more rigorous that test is going to be.
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The key to Abraham’s kind of faith is the willingness to take the test. A willingness to look at the question, and put God and His faithfulness down as my answer.
At 3:00 a.m. one cold morning a missionary candidate walked into an office for a scheduled interview with the examiner of a mission board. He waited until 8 a.m. when the examiner arrived. The examiner said, “Let us begin. First, please spell baker.” “B-a-k-e-r,” the young man spelled. “Very good. Now, let’s see what you know about figures. How much is twice two?” “Four,” replied the applicant. “Very good,” the examiner said. “I’ll recommend to the board tomorrow that you be appointed. You have passed the test.”
At the board meeting the examiner spoke highly of the applicant and said. “He has all the qualifications of a missionary. Let me explain. First, I tested him on self-denial. I told him to be at my house at three in the morning. He left a warm bed and came out in the cold without a word of complaint. Second, I tried him out on punctuality. He appeared on time. Third, I examined him on patience. I made him wait five hours to see me, after telling him to come at three. Fourth, I tested him on temper. He failed to show any sign of it; he didn’t even question my delay. Fifth, I tried his humility. I asked him questions that a small child could answer and he showed no offense. He meets the requirements and will make the missionary we need.” (7,700 Illustrations # 3461) -Victor Yap sermoncentral.com