About 4000 years ago, God gave Abraham a very unusual command, to offer his own son as a burnt offering. What is the Lord asking of you today?
Genesis 22.1-2 (NKJV) “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then, He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
Dr. Maria Beinte grew up in a small town in New York. Her parents were not wealthy, but they worked hard to meet the family’s needs. Beinte devoted herself to her studies, and managed to rank at the top of her graduating class at Columbia University. She graduated from Yale Medical School 5 years later. A few years into her very successful practice, God calls her to begin full-time missions ministry.
Maybe God is asking to gather your belongings and move to a distant land. He might be asking you to walk away from a well paying job. Or He is asking you to donate half of this month’s income to a local charity, even though you are barely breaking even. Whatever difficult task God has laid before you, I want to encourage you to act step out in faith. Though we may not always understand what God is doing, we should still put our trust in His love and wisdom. Why? Because God delights in our obedience and rewards those who submit to His will. As Scripture tells us, “And let us know grow weary while doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6.9 NKJV) That reward might come immediately or many decades later, but one thing is certain: God rewards those who show obedience to His will, especially when it is very difficult.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would remind us just how much joy it brings to Your heart when we submit to Your will. Please grant us the faith it takes to trust Your goodness even when it seems You are asking us too much. I pray that You would bless us with sufficient courage to follow You, where Your will takes us. For when we do so, we bear witness that You are Lord in our lives. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.