Pastor Tim Romero
Genesis 22:1–2 (ESV): After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 2 He said, "Take 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."
Two questions...firstly, what is the strangest thing God has asked you to do? Secondly, what was the outcome?Experience proves time and time again that we ought to do what God says no matter what 'cause it always works out for our benefit in the end.
Abraham made a treaty with Abimelech in Beersheba and then he sojourned through the land of the Philistines. After this God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his "only" son to the Lord. Notice Issac is the only son God recognizes. Ismael was illegitimate. God wanted Abraham to keep Him alone on the throne of his heart. Abraham was obedient and took his son up Mt Moriah to offer him to the Lord. Issac carried the wood on his shoulders. It's a picture of Jesus. In fact, it would be in this very place that God would give His only Son. In obedience Abraham built the altar, put his son upon it and by faith was ready to offer him but was stopped by the angel of the Lord just prior to slaying Issac.
Is there anything in your life that you would not be willing to offer up if asked by God? If so, that thing, that person, that whatever is the Lord of your life. Jesus said if we love father or mother or sister or brother more than Him we are not worthy of Him. Don't let anyone or anything get on the throne of your heart Christian. Only God deserves that place. Let Him reign and rule from there.
Father we thank You for invading our hearts and lives. We thank You for taking residence within us and becoming the Lord of our life. Help us to never dethrone You but to always keep our hearts souled out to You alone. You are our everything, may we always see it that way in Jesus name, amen.