TESTING OUR HEARTS
When Isaac grew up and became a boy, God tested Abraham to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah. God said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one the mountains of which I will tell you." (Genesis 22:2). Abraham knew exactly what God was telling him to do that he would build an altar to where he would tie his son, cut his son's throat, and burn him. This must be a painful experience for Abraham to hear because after he finally had a son, God suddenly asked him to kill his son and burn him as a sacrifice. So Abraham rose early in the morning and took his son with some wood for the burnt offering. It took them two days to get there, then when they got there, Abraham got his knife and fire and asked Isaac to carry the wood for the burnt offering. Isaac noticed that they had all the equipment for the burnt offering as they were walking, but the animal sacrifice was missing. So he asked his father, and his father told him that the LORD would provide, but he didn't say to him that he was the one that would be sacrificed.
After Abraham set everything on the altar, and he was about to kill his son with his knife, a voice from Heaven stopped him and said, "Abraham...do not lay a hand on the boy...Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." Then Abraham saw a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. He went and took the ram and offered it up for the burnt offering in the place of his son. (Genesis 22:11-12). All these things happened because God wanted to test Abraham's heart. This test was not about passing or failing to obey and trust God, but the purpose of the test was to reveal Abraham's heart. Would Abraham be willing to lose his son he loved for the LORD? Abraham finally expressed in his heart what He knew about God that God was the LORD of his life.
In the same manner, God is testing our hearts to reveal what is really in our hearts. Do we truly believe what we know about God? There are times that God uses suffering in our lives to reveal our hearts. Christianity is about walking by faith before our God, and this is what God is working in our lives every day to teach us to trust and obey him. When we learn to trust and obey our LORD in our difficult problems, we can then experience His peace and joy in our difficult problems. If we are struggling to trust God, do not worry because God already knows. We just need to ask him to help us to continue to grow in our faith in Him.
Ask yourself these questions: Do I trust God with what I know about Him? If I am struggling to trust God, what should I do? Do I believe that God is the one who would help me build my faith in Him?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, please help me to continue to grow in my faith in you. Please forgive me if I have not been trusting you in the way you want me to. Please help me to trust you day by day, knowing that you are always with me and for me. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.