November 11 The Supreme Climb
“Take now thy son.” Genesis
God's command is – Take now, not
presently. It is extraordinary how we debate! We know a thing is right, but we
try to find excuses for not doing it at once. To climb to the height God shows
can never be done presently, it must be done now. The sacrifice is gone through
in will before it is performed actually.
“And Abraham rose up early in the morning
and went unto the place of which God had told him” (v. 3). The wonderful
simplicity of Abraham! When God spoke, he did not confer with flesh and blood.
Beware when you want to confer with flesh and blood, i.e., your own sympathies,
your own insight, anything that is not based on your personal relationship to
God. These are the things that compete with and hinder obedience to God.
Abraham did not choose the sacrifice.
Always guard against self-chosen service for God; self-sacrifice may be a
disease. If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it
bitter, drink it in communion with Him. If the providential order of God for
you is a hard time of difficulty, go through with it, but never choose the
scene of your martyrdom. God chose the crucible for Abraham, and Abraham made
no demur; he went steadily through. If you are not living in touch with Him, it
is easy to pass a crude verdict on God. You must go through the crucible before
you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because in the crucible you learn to
know God better. God is working for His highest ends until His purpose and
man's purpose become one.