Jesus wants to know that you are willing to give it all— and then when he knows he can trust you, he will give you more than you ever imagined.
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:1-2
I always struggled with this story. What was God trying to show him in that moment? His son’s life as a sacrifice? How could God ask him for that? It wasn’t until this year that the tension in this story finally hit home for me. God had no intention of using Isaac as the sacrifice, there was always a better plan, God’s perfect plan. By taking Abraham on the journey up Mount Moriah, through the hills and valleys, Abraham was tested and found trustworthy. Trustworthy with God’s plan for his life and his people. God provided the ram for the sacrifice and blessed Abraham for his obedience on the mountain.
17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:17-18
In this life we will face our own mountains. Sometimes it takes a long time to climb the mountain and even longer at the top just struggling to lay it all down. But when we are finished climbing and wrestling through these tough times, when we finally get to the other side we are stronger because our strength no longer comes from ourselves, but from Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. We can live a life with meaning, hope, and a future. And we can turn around and share our journey and our hope with others. Everyone is on their own path, let’s show the world how Jesus can light the way.
Live in the moment, focus on Jesus, and believe your future is great.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20