God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (4)
Yes, you must be in total submission to His directives when in a covenant with Him. You must be willing to obey all His words. You must pay attention to every detail of His leading; believing that the outcome will be for your good. The word of God says that the end of a man or woman that follows God is peace. It doesn't matter what is presently happening, God will ultimately maneuver all to bring about His glory and your blessing. Go and check this out with everyone that has totally committed to following Him in the bible. Truly, those that trust Him shall never be disappointed!
Look at when He told Abraham to 'sacrifice' his only son. You already know how this miracle baby was born. After several years of promises, waiting, psychological and spiritual trauma, against all known natural and medical laws, against all expectations, Sarah at seventy-five and Abraham at a hundred years gave birth to this child of promise. I love the way the word of God captured it, “Then the LORD did exactly what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant, and gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would.” God cannot fail! Isaac's parents were so happy and showed it by the big parties and ceremonies they threw. Now, just imagine the same God coming back to demand for this same boy in sacrifice. What?? And remember also that a better part of the promise will be fulfilled through him. He was the 'seed' of that promise.
Now, before we go on, I will like you to note the words that God used in this very expensive 'joke'. Listen, “Later on God tested Abraham's faith and obedience. 'Abraham! God called. Yes, he replied. Here I am.' 'Take your son, your only son – yes Isaac, whom you love so much- and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you.” Gen 22:1-2. Extreme obedience attracts extreme divine performance. Did you note the two words only and love. God knew that Isaac was the only, the all in all and that they loved him so much, yet He demanded for him. What is that only you love so much that He is demanding from you today? Are you willing to oblige him??
Abraham, without consultation, without questioning or agitation took the boy, two of his servants and woods for the fire and headed to where God told him. This guy was really sold out to God. No wonder I can feel God saying “forever my name and operations shall be attached to this man's name. I have seen faith; I have seen obedience and trust, but none like Abraham's.” Abraham would have sacrificed the boy if God did not stop him at the point of stabbing him. He believed that even if he had killed him that God was able to raise Isaac again from death. My God!
Now, check out God's response to this uncommon loyalty, “Then the angel of the LORD called again to Abraham from heaven, 'this is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I SWEAR by myself that I will bless you richly. I will multiply your descendants into countless millions, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, and through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed – all because you have obeyed me.” Gen 22:15-18. This will also be your portion in Jesus' name! Till next week, God bless!
Rev. Agbo is the author of the book Power of Midnight Prayer. Tel:08037113283 E-mail: [email protected]