Thursday, April 24, 2014

Obedience and Blessing


God made the heavens and the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.  

He made the universe and yet he is concerned with what we do day to day.

He was concerned about whether or not Abraham would follow His command to go up Mt. Moriah to kill his beloved son Isaac.

When Abraham proved to be obedient, God ordered him to stop the killing, telling him it was only a test.  

He said to Abraham "...because you acted as you did in not withholding from your beloved son I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants is countless stars of the sky and a sense of the seashore; your descendants to take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing all this because you made my command.  - Genesis 22:17-18

Abraham's obedience there on top of a lonely mountain, an event seemingly inconsequential to all other people had a huge significance to God.  His obedience brought upon a blessing not just to him but also to his people and generations after him.

He is moved by our response to Him whether it is a yes or a no.  Sometimes we don't understand why things happen and why God would allow tragedy to strike.  But I am convinced that nothing God allows to happen is without an eternal purpose, and maybe an eternal consequence.

May God remind us this Easter season of how He who was rich in all things and yet poor in only one thing, that He only had one son - did not spare Him to die for us - out of His great love for us!  May He find us faithfull!  Thank You Lord!

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