“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son….He reasoned that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead,” Hebrews 11:17-19.
The scene was set somewhere in the region of Moriah, to where Abraham led his beloved son, Isaac, on top of the mountain. There, he built an altar and laid his son on it, then placed the wood on top his son’s chest. In one hand he held the fire, which was to be used for the sacrifice and with the other hereached for the knife that he would use to slay his son!
If this had been your child lying there, would you deliver the blow?
God had promised Abraham several times that his off–springs would blossom into a great nation as abundant as the stars in heaven but, how could this be if Isaac was to be sacrificed? Abraham was put through an intensive test.
Today, we are not required to sacrifice a loved one to show we are obedience to God. However, we may be experiencing hardships of our own and, at first, these hardships may seem impossible or unrealistic to overcome, but if we show faith to obey God’s commands the way Abraham did, there is no doubt that we, too, can receive the promises which the Lord has to offer.
Furthermore, we should not compare ourselves to those who are in a worse position than we are because, if we do, we may begin to think that our life is going well even though it’s not. For example, if someone can barely live on their salary/wages, it is unwise for them to compare themselves with someone who does not have a job. Doing so could prevent them from achieving more, such as what the Lord promises.
Instead, we should compare ourselves to Abraham. When we look at how abundant his life was compared to our current situation, it will ignite a revolt to see the Abraham’s promises in our own lives.
Every Sunday, for seven weeks at all HelpCentre, we will learn about the 7 promises given to Abraham and what we need to do to gain them.
Event: 7 Sundays of the Sons of Abraham
Date: Every Sunday for 7 weeks (commencing Sunday 12th June)
Time: 11am & 9am
Venue: At your local UCKG HelpCentre