When God Asks You To Do The Unthinkable
“Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!'”
Are you allowing Jesus to live through you? If not, and you think that by doing so, you won’t have to make any tough decisions, you’d be very wrong. Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty scary things–stuff that you wouldn’t ever think was directed by Him. He will ask us to move forward in certain situations to test us, strengthen us, and hone our complete trust in Him…alone.
And if you are allowing Him to live through you, He will ask you do to certain things which seem counterproductive to your faith. Let me tell you about that part of being a Christian–the scary part.
Maybe the greatest example of God asking someone who loves and respects Him (through their words and actions) to do something petrifying, is Abraham.
In the book of Genesis, there’s a story of a man and his wife, Abraham and Sarah, whom God promised they would have many descendants. Abraham was told, “I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you fruitful. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and sand on the seashore.”
The problem was…Sarah was barren.
So year, after year, after year went by, and both Sarah and Abraham began to get very old–still, no biological children. They even tried to rush God’s plan at one point, and instead, got a microwaved blessing: a child with their maidservant. Sarah talked Abraham into sleeping with Hagar, and he obliged, resulting in Ishmael being born.
But that forced blessing only caused more problems for them. Ishmael wasn’t God’s best idea, He planned on Issac being born at just the right time! Long story short, Sarah finally got pregnant as a really old lady. Abraham was exactly one hundred years old when Issac was born.
They thought it was so funny that an old lady would be nursing a newborn that they laughed as Sarah did just that (see Genesis 21:6,7). The name Issac means laughter!
This new baby boy was looked upon as very special! Issac was doted on like a prince! Just imagine if something happened to him! Imagine if God decided to test Abraham by removing Issac from his life…forever. That’s exactly what happened.
God asked Abraham to do the unthinkable–to sacrifice his one and only son as an offering to Him. Keep in mind, this story is BC, Jesus wasn’t yet born, so God still required innocent blood as a sacrifice for sins. Usually this was the blood of animals, but God asked Abraham to offer up his son.
Rightfully, Abraham didn’t want to do such a thing. I can picture him pleading his case in agony, “God you said that I would be a father of many nations, and then you give me this huge blessing just in the nick of time! And now you want to take it away?! WHY!?”
Whether or not God gave Abraham a reason why, Genesis doesn’t say, but this unthinkable act sets the tone in my own life. This seemingly unfair request from God to Abraham, reminds me that when I am doing my very best to trust God myself, to love Jesus and do His will, but yet, He still asks me to do something that seems as if it’s from the devil, I get taken back.
I have to regroup–is this really from God?
Now, I gotta tell you, if I was still doing things my own way–making poor choices that go against God’s Spirit–I wouldn’t be able to decipher such difficult requests as being from heaven or hell, but now, I can. And even if I’m incorrect, God will still use my mistakes for good, because He sees my effort and my soul’s desires.
Friend, sometimes God wants you to take that ONE THING, or that ONE PERSON–who or what you are finding your identity in, and then hand it over to Him.
That person, place, or thing that you believe you just can’t live without, God wants you to say, “Here, I trust you. I’m giving this to you. Do what you want with it. You can allow me to keep this in my life, or you can remove it. I know that you love me. I know that you are good. I know that you are sovereign, and you always provide a way. I’m laying this down at your feet and putting you first. All of my value is now in you. No one else. Nothing else.
So Abraham made his way up the mountain with his son, made an alter, bound Issac and placed him on it. SHAKING, DISTRAUGHT, PETRIFIED…he lifted up the knife, high above his head…and just as he was about to slay his one and only beloved son, an angel said, “ABRAHAM! ABRAHAM!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“Don’t kill your son. Now I know you fear (respect) God because you didn’t even withhold your only son from Him. There is a ram caught in a bush over there, use it as your sacrifice.”
GOD PROVIDED A WAY! AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR, WHEN ALL SEEMED LOST, GOD PROVIDED A WAY! GOD SHOWED ABRAHAM WHAT REAL TRUST IN HIM IS!
Because of this event, Abraham named that mountain, The Lord Will Provide.
So today, my friends, know this: The Lord will provide. The Lord will provide. THE LORD WILL PROVIDE! Trust Him! Get to know Jesus! As this happens day by day, He will begin to mold you into someone very strong, someone very confident, and someone who is willing to shake up their entire lives…because God asks you to. DO IT! If you are letting Him live through you, what you think is the most painful thing you will ever do, that will be what makes you a spiritual legend! A person who changed the course of history, forever, like Abraham! DON’T BE AFRAID!
A prayer for you: Heavenly Father, today I want to thank you for scary situations. A few years ago, there’s no way I’d be thanking you for such a thing. I kept making dumb choices and handling all of my problems the exact opposite way that you wanted me to. But now, I’m doing my best to submit to gracefully your ways, so I know that when I have to make difficult decisions, it’s because you are trying to take me to a new level of faith. GIVE ME STRENGTH. GIVE ME TRUST. I NEED IT VERY MUCH! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who want the power to be able to change their lives, GIVE IT TO THEM! Give them wisdom and guidance as they step off the cliff and into your hands! YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH US! Thank you! We are ready for the new things, just ahead. We love you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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