Devotions – 2014.11.21
“Now I know that you honor and obey God, because you have not kept back your only son from him.”
Genesis 22, 12
God knows our hearts, He knows for whom it is beating. But we ourselves do not always know it. That is why God sometimes tests us, so that we clearly decide for Him and our faith gets strengthened. Moreover He would like to strengthen our confidence in Him. Therefore, He trains our faith by allowing greater demands and challenges. In his old age Abraham got a son, the son of promise. Of course, Abraham loved him with all his heart. And God said to him: Go, and offer me the boy! In the meantime Abraham knew God and realized that he had to obey. And so they went on their way. It is not reported what the boy felt and what the father thought. But I can well imagine how upset Abraham must have been! Only at the last moment Abraham was prevented from slaughtering Isaac by an angel of God. Instead, He showed him a ram which was caught in the thicket. He said: Now I know that you fear God, because you have not kept back your only son from me. Therefore I will richly bless you. I promise that I will give you as many descendants as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand along the seashore. And Abraham named that place Yahweh Jire, the Lord sees.
Child victims were common at that time, but God is strict against it! Every nation that tramples on the rights of children with feet gets punished by Him! God Himself sacrificed His only Son on the cross, so that we are a purified and sanctified once and for all. He can exactly empathize how Abraham must have felt. He is not a heartless God, but looks at the welfare of His children!
Abraham learned to trust God completely. Formerly, he relied on his cunning and some times he twisted the truth. Or he relied on the tradition and the advice of his wife. But that brought nothing but trouble. At first, all seemed to be much easier, but then the problems came. If he had listened to the Lord, this would never happen! So he learned to trust the Lord and Jesus calls him father of faith.
Thank you Jesus, You never disappoint me, if I trust You! It may be that I do not understand everything correctly and maybe even think wrong, but You yourself will guide and correct me. Thank you for allowing me to go to Your school. Sometimes it’s hard, but you’re always there and help me. Thank you for being my best friend!