Ahhhhh! did this one hit a few nerves for you? It certainly hit a few with me.
(Genesis 22:1-18 ) When I read this, the questions started to roll around. I know God has called me out many times to lay my “Isaac” down on HIS altar, and surrender that person/things to HIM. At times it felt like HE was ripping my heart out, and thru the tears, I realized there was no other choice. Abraham knew and believed that he would walk away from that mountain with his son…even if it meant God would raise him from the dead! I have often wondered why this “test”? what was it Abram was to learn, it seemed like he already had it all figured out? And surely, God being all knowing, already knew that Abram would choose obedience..so why?
Job 1:6-12 show a different testing..but is definitely called out as testing. Without going to far off track, the reason for the testing was due to the unseen heavenlies, the enemy/accuser/Satan..
I just want to add that we are unaware of the war in the heavenlies, when we have been accused. I do know that God will not allow the enemy to have his way without God turning it out for the good. So altho this is just a theory….I have learned from this story, multiple times.
Obedience, trust, surrendering the most dear thing to my heart, learning that HIS sovereignty is something to be acknowledge!
I have always admired Abram for his faith…
What does this reading stir in you? It has certainly stirred my heart and thinking…