Faith Exercised

Genesis 22:1-2 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

When called or commanded to do something by faith, it often depends on the cost that dictates our obedience. The account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac is one that sticks out as a great step of faith.

I find myself asking, “Could I, or would I do the same if I were in his shoes?”

Thee day and culture that Abraham lived in is far different from ours. We have luxuries afforded us that literally hinder the need for the exercise of our faith. Travel and communication being so vastly different.

Yet, God has not, nor will change in how He deals with us. He chooses the time and opportunity to use for His purpose. He reveals this in His dealings with Abraham.

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”

In this trial God put him through, we see a picture of the love our Heavenly Father has for us in the giving of His only begotten Son for our sin. Abraham knew that if God could give him a son in his old age, God could do it again should Isaac indeed die.

By faith, Abraham obeyed, though I feel assured he did not understand or comprehend the “why” of it all.

Also, he did  not reason it out with God. He simply obeyed. Once told, he prepared and rose early the next day to carry out the task. Once there, his son questioned what became increasingly aware that he was to be sacrificed.

Isaac witnessed the faith of his father carried out fully until, at the last possible time, was stopped by God.

I would like to say that I have faith like that, but I would be sorely misrepresenting myself. But, I am challenged to increase my faith and exercise what faith I do have for the cause of Christ.

And so we are left, dear reader, with the question of our faith today. When called upon, will we obey immediately like Abraham? We will we submit like Isaac? Can we keep the exercise of our faith constant, or only when challenged by someone else?

Today, take stock of our recent faith decisions. How long ago was our last? How soon will we obey our next? May we keep that decision ever before us to say as Abraham,

Genesis 22:11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.”

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