An Obedient Heart
Multiple times in Genesis, God promised Abraham that his descendants will be too great to count-as numerous as the stars. The problem was that Abraham’s wife, Sarah was old and she couldn’t have children. So, how could Abraham have any descendants? God miraculously opened Sarah’s womb and she had a son named Isaac- the start of Abrahams descendants that God promised him. Years later, God spoke to Abraham and instructed him to take his only son Isaac to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering. You can imagine the dread that came over Abraham; God promised him descendants, gave him a son, and then told him to sacrifice his only son. Abraham did as God had instructed and took him to a mountain in the land of Moriah and began preparations for the offering. Abraham bound his son to the altar and took out his blade to sacrifice Isaac. An angel of the Lord called to Abraham and told him not to lay a hand on Isaac. God saw that Abraham feared the Lord and did not withhold even his only son from him. Abraham looked over and saw a ram caught in some bushes—the sacrifice he believed God for.
Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son to be obedient to God. Abraham was not only a man of faith, believing God in times of dread, but he was also a man of obedience; when it did not make sense, he was obedient to God. Let us mimic the obedient heart of Abraham.