Genesis 22:1-24

If there’s ever a question about what God desires most, it is answered in Genesis Twenty Two. The answer is simple. The calling is not.

Abraham waited decades to see God’s promise fulfilled…in the birth of Isaac. By the time he was asked to sacrifice his only son, Abraham was well over a hundred and had been living with the understanding that his descendants (presumably through Isaac) would be as countless as the stars. And now this.

Nothing about it made sense. And if Abraham hesitated at all, scripture doesn’t mention it. Surely he was overwhelmed with questions and fear and even anger, but he made his way to the mountain anyway…regardless of emotion.

Unabandoned obedience. That’s what God desires most.

Do my emotions determine my obedience? Or am I willing to make my way to the mountain, even when I don’t understand why? It comes down to “simple” trust, when there’s nothing simple about it:

  • When your husband tells you he lost his job…or that he has cancer…
  • When your son’s marriage is falling apart…
  • When you work hard and there’s still not enough money at the end of the month…
  • When a friend loses a child…

It’s not simple to keep moving when we want to know why. But here’s the thing…sometimes there just isn’t an answer. At least not one that makes us feel any better. The truth is that God never changes. His purpose for us never changes. His love for us never changes. So sometimes, like Abraham, we have to just keep moving in obedience, fearing God and not withholding anything from him. (vs.12) And believing that greater blessings await. (vs.18)