Why Testing? Part 4
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:17-18
Key Verse: Hebrews 11:19
Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
Our scripture reading section reminds us of a test given to Abraham. God was not trying to trip Abraham and watch him fall but wanted to deepen his capacity to obey God and thus develop his character. God had given Abraham his long-awaited promised son, Isaac. Now God asked Abraham to take him and sacrifice Isaac on an altar. God had no plans to allow this to be completed, but simply wanted to be clear that Abraham loved God more than any other person or thing in life. When we read, in detail, Abraham’s life, we see how much God blessed His beloved child. God was testing Abraham to keep this love flowing both ways!
Testing is never easy and never comes naturally. The tests God allows will normally cause doubts about God Himself to come to our minds. The devil is often used by God to perform these tests. Satan has very limited power and no ability to go beyond the lines that God has drawn.
In the last few days we’ve learned that some tests are about our words and attitudes. Today’s lesson reminds us that some tests are all about our obedience to God. We feel nudged to go do something or nudged by God’s Spirit to stop some behavior. God is looking for a quick obedience. Tests, indeed, are never fun, but will result in the needed growth in our journey with God!
Father, help me respond to tests with a word of thanksgiving and a quick response of obedience to your leadership in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, amen.