Uncomfortable Steps of Faith
Verse 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
Yesterday we were talking about how important it is to be intentional about our faith walk. Today we see how that helps us take those blind steps of faith that come our way.
First we need to notice the timing of Abraham’s obedience of faith. Our verse today says that he got up early the next morning to obey. Because he had already made the intentional choice to obey God no matter what, he was able to take those steps of obedience in haste. He didn’t put it off saying he needed to prepare all the details, as it would have been easy to talk himself out of it.
Studies have been done that show the longer we take to act on doing something we feel is out of our comfort zone, the less likely we are to actually do it. This is why making the choice to obey Christ needs to come before the time comes to obey. We see in today’s reading that Abraham had done just that. He followed through with what he had been told to do the very next morning. This wasn’t a situation where obedience made him full of joy. Quite the opposite, in fact. He had to go to a place that he know yet, to do the unthinkable, sacrifice his beloved son. This was something he knew was out of God’s character to ask and so he had to be wondering what God was up to.
Even though it didn’t fit God’s character, Abraham knew it was God that was asking him to do this and that he had to obey. This must have been so hard for Abraham. He loved this boy so much and how could he reconcile in his mind that God would ask him to kill the very child that was supposed to make him the father of many nations. It didn’t make any sense. But Abraham didn’t justify not obeying because it didn’t make sense. He took the hard steps to obey.
Abraham’s faith in God guided his level of obedience. The same is true of us. If we are in full surrender to God, we will obey quicker than if we are fighting full surrender. God desires our whole heart and we give Him that when we fully surrender.
Making It Personal
Have you ever fought surrendering to obedience to God about something? Did you finally give in to God? What is He calling you to surrender today?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to surrender? Have you ever had to surrender about anything? Does Jesus want you to surrender about anything?
Father, thank You for calling us to be all in with You. May we always seek Your ways and obey at every step. In Jesus’ name, amen.