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Do I know you?

Author: UEC Team
Date: September 7, 2016


[ecko_quote source="Genesis 22:2 (NIV)"]Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you."[/ecko_quote]

[ecko_quote source="Genesis 22:5 (NIV)"]He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you."[/ecko_quote]


If you read the above verses carefully, you will notice they don't add up. Here is God telling Abraham to take his only son Isaac and sacrifice him there as a burnt-offering to the Lord. Then you come down to verse 5. Now you see Abraham telling his servants that he and his son will go up to the mountain to worship there. He ends the statement by saying, 'We' will come back. This speaks volumes to Abraham's relationship with the God Almighty. Abraham knew God. He knew the works of God in his life. He remembers his past and the promises.

You see God intends each of us to have this kind of relationship with Him. It's like none other. When we get to know God, we get to know His works. A lot of curiosity develops not from the situations we face but more so from the uncertainty that lies behind the scenes. We become restless until we know what we are facing can be overcome, resolved, or accomplished. Now I encourage you to put yourself in the shoes of Abraham. Here is a man who is growing old to have any kids of his own. All the odds are against him. But guess what? He finds comfort knowing that he has God by His side. From the relationship he had with God, he was certain what God said; he will do. He will bring it to pass.

It also shows what we ought to focus on. Abraham didn't focus on the details of what God asked him to undertake. He didn't dwell on how his only son, gifted by God, was going to be taken away from him. Rather, He focused on the workings of God and had faith in Him. It involved Abraham blindly following what God asked Him to do without dwelling on his circumstances. Worship in Hebrew means to depress, i.e. prostrate (in homage to royalty or God): bow (self) down, crouch, fall (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship (Source). I don't know what was going through Abraham's mind. Maybe He was going to plead with God and get His son back. I don't know. Bible doesn't tell us that. But I am sure He was confident God wasn't going to take His son away from Him.

What's next?

How confident are you in the workings of God in your life? Do you know how God works? Does the Spirit of God reveal to you the heart of God? Do you have the relationship that Abraham had with God? Let's seek to grow in God, to spend more time with Him, and to have Him as the centre of our lives.

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