Not Alone

It’s easier to bear a test when we know others are subject to the same. Think of Abraham, tested on his willingness to believe and obey no matter what! 

Later on, God tested Abraham’s faith and obedience. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes, Lord?” he replied. “Take with you your only son—yes, Isaac whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah and sacrifice him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I’ll point out to you!” The next morning Abraham got up early, chopped wood for a fire upon the altar, saddled his donkey, and took with him his son Isaac and two young men who were his servants, and started off to the place where God had told him to go.

(Genesis 22:1-2, LB)

And remember poor Gideon. What a weird thing God asks of him; yet he obeys.

The Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. So, he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink.” Now the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was 300 men; but all the rest of the people kneeled to drink water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “I will save you with the three hundred men who lapped, and will hand the Midianites over to you; have all the other people go, each man to his home.”

(From Judges 7:4-7, NASB) 

What do we do when God asks the painful, the odd or the confusing? Do we ask why or do we simply obey and trust God to let us know more as necessary? What is God asking you right now?

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