Monday, 6 July 2015

You can't argue with faith

This week I was meditating about living in the center of God's will and looking into the story of Abraham, we can discover so many things and figure out why he is called our father in the faith. In fact, it all seems so easy in theory, but the practice requires sacrifice. Not always obeying is a pleasurable act, or what we are asked to do is in line with what we want to do. Most times it hurts, we are required to deny our flesh to submit ourselves to the will of God.

Let's look at God's request to Abraham:
"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. 22:2

We all know that Isaac was the dream of a lifetime, the one who Abraham loved most, the joy of his old age, God's promise fulfilled. But now God was putting the obedience of Abraham to the test, and what a great test that was!
In verse 2 God states what He wants and we see a period.

Let us now read the following verse:

"So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him." Genesis 22:3.

Immediately after God's command, we see Abraham doing as he was told.
There is not an intermediate verse, where we find Abraham arguing with God's request: "But Lord, you gave me and now You want it back?"; "Can I give something else instead of Isaac? I have many sheep..."; "If I do this, Sara will die of sorrow"; "Not this, Lord, ask me anything else and I will do it."

Now do you see why Abraham is the father of faith?
We do not see a dialogue between God and Abraham, we see God speaking and Abraham obeying without questioning, arguing, complaining, his obedience was total, because he lived in the center of God's will and not in the center of his own will.

And maybe this is what has been missing from many, they are always arguing with God, unwilling to surrender their will on the altar, to abandon sin, an improper friendship, a dating life that displeases God, a bad attitude, let go of something material, or whatever it is that God asks from each one of us. God has already asked but you do not want to obey, then you try to do other things trying to "compensate" for the things you do not want to give, trying to prove to yourself that you are also in the faith, but deep down you know it was not what God asked you, that's not what He wants from you.
But you lack obedience and courage to do what God wants, then you end up doing what God does not want, thinking that at least you are doing something.
Perhaps you have been resisting the voice of God and therefore you do not receive the a response. The altar is not for us to give what we want but what God asks.

Let us be like Abraham who lived in the center of God's will and so was the very blessing, not simply blessed.
Think about it and leave your comments below.


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