This past week we had our men’s Bible study from Genesis 22. I wanted to share with you the lesson that I learned from this passage.
This is the story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac by God. Abraham finally got the son he had asked for. Abraham was 100 years old, and his wife Sarah was 90! Talk about waiting till the last minute for a great gift!
So the most precious gift that God could give Abraham was in the form of this son Isaac. Not cattle, not land, not money or fame – no the most precious gift was a son.
So one day God asks Abraham to sacrifice this precious non-renewable gift in his son. I have one son in Austin, and I tell you – I would struggle greatly if I was asked to sacrifice my precious gift. I can only imagine the thoughts that went through Abraham’s mind.
But Abraham was obedient, and got up early the next morning and let out with the sacrifice – his son. They made their way to the place where God led them to and built an altar. In obedience Abraham laid Isaac on the altar and was about to kill him when God intervened and provided a ram for an acceptable sacrifice. Abraham did not stop in obedience – God stopped him after his obedience.
The lessons I learned this week from this passage are these:
- More important than the sacrifice God just wants me. I have things to sacrifice and give to God (money and talents), but the real deal is those things are already His. I am His also, but that is what He really wants (time). Just like how I want my son spending time with me – that is what my Heavenly Father wants from me. Spend time with Him. I have been listening to a song that really brings this into focus. Listen to CT and Becky Townsend sing “When I Lay My Isaac Down”.
- I got to thinking about what obstacles are keeping me from spending time with Him daily? Work, wife, family, TV, yard work, selfish desires and social media. All of these can be good things in my life, but they also play a hand in keeping me from giving Jesus the #1 slot in my life. I have to focus on Jesus 1st thing in the morning, and the last thing at night.
- What is it that God really wants from me? I believe He wants me to simply…
- Read my Bible daily asking what Jesus wants to say to me
- Pray asking what Jesus wants me to do today
- Go out in my day and be obedient to what He has told me
- Sleep – repeat the next day
When you read Genesis 22 – what does God say to you?