“Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there, and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac, and laid himn on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” Genesis 22:9-10
I can only imagine the agony that Abraham was going through as he took the journey to the location where he was to offer up his son. The pain in his heart at what he was going to have to do and the rationalization that he was probably going through to come up with some reason that he wouldnt have to do it! The building of the altar and the binding of his son! Dreadful!!
Why did God ask Abraham to do this? Why after promising to make a great nation out of Abrahams son would He then have that promise sacrificed? Why would God put Abraham through this misery?
One thing we all need to come to an understanding about first, if you are truly a christian, you were bought with the blood of Christ. You are no longer your own but rather you belong to God. So, it isnt about us! Not that God doesnt care but His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His plans bigger and way better than ours!
If you think of how much Abraham must have loved Isaac. The promise fulfilled, his destiny, his seed that was going to become a mighty nation! I know the love that i have for the monchers and can only imagine the amount of love that Abraham had for Isaac! I would think that to a certain extent Isaac had become an idol in Abrahams life!
An idol? Really? Well lets look at what an idol is.
1.a. An image used as an object of worship.
b. A false god.
2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
3. Something visible but without substance.
Abraham didnt worship Isaac but he adored him! Im sure he spent every waking moment with Isaac or thinking about him. Abrahams life was probably consumed with his son and not necessarily God.
God wants to be first in our life! God first! How else are we going to walk out our salvation and work on our sanctification if we arent loving God and learning more about Him above everything else? How many things have you placed in your life before God?
What consumes the most of your time? Work? TV? The internet? Children? Money? Spouse? Sports? Here is a good way to figure out what is an idol in your life, when you have free time what do you do with it? Is it always pretty much the same thing?
The internet had become a huge idol in my life! I had gotten involved in several on line forums that revolved around fitness and health and working out. Every minute that i wasnt working was sent on the computer!
I still did my morning God time, I still went to church and prayed and did all the service things that i was supposed to but the internet was the most consuming part of my life! It controlled me! I could get irritated at something and ruin my whole day because of one post that some person that i didnt even know had made! My emotions and my time and my energy were all directed at a computer screen!
I knew in my heart that i was too dedicated to the computer but let me tell you, i had a million rationalizations for it! Its my down time; its my me time; its my relaxing time; i had an excuse for everything! I didnt want to give up my idol! God finally had to bring very painful circumstances into my life to get me to leave my idol.
God doesnt want anything in our life to come before Him! He will give you many opportunities to sacrifice your idol but if you refuse, He will take if from you! God asked Abraham to sacrifice the idol in his life and Abrahan was obedient even to the point of killing his own son. Are you willing to be obedient? Are you willing to sacrifice your idol? What will God have to take from you or do to you until you are willing to put Him first?
Jesus, thank you for dying for me and providing for me an eternal sacrifice! You died that i might live! Strengthen me to resist idol development in my life! Pull the blinders off my eyes that i may see it for what it is! No excuse, no rationalizations, only obedience!