This past summer, God told my wife and I to be prepared. Since we were in the middle of a job search across the country, we assumed that He was referring to being prepared for a pending move. So we did just that. We prepped the house for a pending sale. Boxed all of the non essentials, lived in a very bare… even painted all the rooms back to a neutral color. We had the realtor on call ready for the call to say, list it. Then in the 11th hour, all that changed. We were ready… but ready for what? We know now that readiness was for something completely different… but that’s another blog.
But there’s a lot to say about being willing to jump when He says jump. We had no clue what a move across the country would mean for everything, but we were ready if that is what He asked of us. But like Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Issac, sometimes it’s just the readiness that God asks of us… not the sacrifice itself.
“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.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.” (Gen 22:2-6)
Although the big story visible here is that Abraham was willing to do what God was asking of Him, even if he didn’t understand the outcome. There’s another story buried in the middle. The only son was heading to a sacrifice, carrying the tool of that sacrifice on his own back. You see, this wasn’t just about Abraham being willing to do what God asked of him… it was also about a foreshadow of what was to come.
You see, one of the first rules of leadership is seen here. God will not ask of us, something He is not willing to do Himself. God was asking the father of His people (yet to come) to sacrifice his only son. God wanted that son to go willingly and to carry his own wood. All of these things, He would later do. God also was showing that His people are willing to do what is asked of them to be close to God, but their willingness is not enough. The sacrifice of Issac would not serve as payment for all sins of all men, past, present and future. Only the sacrifice of God’s only Son could do that.
Have you ever felt God asking you to do something? Know this. He will never ask you to do something He’s not willing to do Himself. And sometimes, just being willing to what you do not understand, is enough for Him. Be open to hear His voice. Be willing to respond to His calling.
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