Obedience Step by Step
Now it came to pass after these things that God
tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I
am." Then He 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 22:1-2)
Our difficulty is not that we don’t know God’s
will. Our discomfort comes from the fact that we do know His will, but we do
not want to do it!
When God first spoke to Abraham, His commands were
straightforward. “Go to a land I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). Then God led
Abraham through a number of tests over the years. Abraham learned patience as
he waited on God’s promise of a son, which took twenty-five years to be
fulfilled. Abraham learned to trust God through battles with kings and through
the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The pinnacle of Abraham’s walk of faith
was when God asked him to sacrifice the one thing that meant more to him than
anything else. Abraham’s previous obedience indicated that he would have
quickly and decisively sacrificed anything else God asked of him, but was he
prepared for this? God did not ask Abraham to make such a significant sacrifice
at the beginning of their relationship. This came more than thirty years after
Abraham began walking with God.
As the Father progressively reveals His ways to you
in your Christian pilgrimage, you, like Abraham, will develop a deeper level of
trust in Him. When you first became a Christian, your Master’s instructions
were probably fundamental, such as being baptized or changing your lifestyle.
But as you learn to trust Him more deeply, He will develop your character to
match bigger tests, and with the greater test will come a greater love for God
and knowledge of His ways. Are you ready for God’s next revelation?