Friday, January 27, 2012

Emphasis (Genesis 22:1-12)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “emphasis.”  God chooses often to show us his will by way of situations.  We are given the choice to follow his way but are not forced to do so.  In this instance, Abraham is faced with a choice and given a test in obedience.  Could you imagine God telling you to sacrifice the promise of a nations?  It’s almost a little crazy if you were Abe, you know.  The cool thing is that in the beginning of his discourse, God puts a major emphasis on reminding Abe that he is to take his only son and give him up.  This would ultimately throw a wrench in the promise Abe received from God concerning building a great nation through this kid…

“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Mariah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.’”
~Gen. 22:2

My question is: how do you respond when God seems to ask you to give something up for the good of his ultimate plan?  I know for me that sometimes God wants me to do stuff that takes me out of my comfort zone.  I feel like the decisions I need to make to live in obedience are not always the most desirable.  Yet, I choose them because God has  a plan and I would like to be a part of it in the fullest.  My prayer for you today is that God put on your heart the things he wants for your life.  Just a warning, sometimes the stuff that God wants for us is not the path we are currently on.  Look for the places in life where God puts special emphasis… go that route with boldness.

Praying for you,


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