Our Father will have us waiting many years for a promise to come to pass in our lives. Then He will ask us to sacrifice that same promise on the altar once He gives it to us. Why does He do that?
Abraham and Sarah waited many years to have a son. They even tried to help God out by having Abraham impregnate Hagar, one of their slaves.
Now after giving birth to Isaac, Sarah told Abraham to get rid of Hagar and her son, Ishmael. We all can understand why Sarah behaved that way, right? Nevertheless, we can also imagine how Abraham’s heart ached at seeing his son and mistress evicted from the camp (Genesis 21).
After Hagar and her son were out of the picture, the Lord tested Abraham by asking him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22). The Lord 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” (Genesis 22:2).
How would you have reacted if the Lord asked you to sacrifice (kill, get rid of, etc.) something that you love and have waited for all your life to achieve?
If you are reading this, the Lord has already asked you to give up something for Him. What was it? Will you obey?
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