“Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son — blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:15-19, NKJV
Abraham heard. He obeyed. He passed the test.
We are called at times to do the same. Hear the Word from the Lord. Obey. And pass the test.
In the beginning, we don’t know it is only a test. But that really isn’t our place to determine. We are called to hear, obey, and let the Lord determine what the purpose and plan is as He leads and guides. Ours is to but hear and obey, as we know to do at that point in time. And as we do, His promise comes in the form of other blessings. Even as He did with Abraham.
For as He promised, and One Who always fulfills His promises, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6-7, NASU
Can you imagine what Abraham felt when the Lord asked him to go to Mount Moriah and KILL (or we can use the word sacrifice, if that helps to make it more easy to swallow, comprehend, and or more spiritual for us) his only son Isaac, the one he had so longed for, prayed for, and waited decades for?
God was asking Abraham, now known as the father of faith, to kill this fulfillment of a promise, that God Himself had promised to him years before.
Would our God, the One Who loves us, do such a thing? Imagine that.
To simply answer, yes, He certainly did, and would, and will continue to do in our lives too. This is Who He is. The One who challenges us in our walk with Him to trust and obey. In your life and in mine.
Recently, or rather in the last year and a half, the Lord called me to do a certain thing. I was not willing or had the least desire, to hear and obey. After all, He had asked me to do it over 17 years ago, and when I did, nothing came of it. Nada. Nyet. I walked away with “my tail between my legs” as the proverbial saying goes, when others I presented it to rejected it.
And then He asked me again to do it. And so I did, willing or not, in October 2018 to get it started.
When we are called to do something, that is even in the very heart of God Himself, He will ask us to “just do it” (not a Nike original), to start it, to initiate it. He doesn’t always, or more accurately rarely so, give us the full picture at the beginning. In fact, I know of no one who ever got the “full picture” from the Lord, other than what we are given in the full Bible, as to what His plans and purposes are. But as a side note help, He has given us other members of His Body to help us discern His voice and leading, if we avail ourselves to them.
In fact, He likes it that way. It will always be a walk of faith, for if we knew everything ahead of time, we would probably stop in fear, doubt, and unbelief and not even take the first step required. Otherwise, it is not faith.
As He so did with Abraham, Joseph, and all of the Hebrew prophets, they have been given to us as examples to encourage us. As He did with them, and others who have walked before us in faith, so He will with us, as we too seek to hear, obey, and let Him be God. They were required to do as He asked. In faith. It is no less with us.
“This is a test.” I was somewhat glad when I heard those words growing up in the educational system and given advance warning to what was ahead. I could either panic or be at ease knowing that I had passed this way before, by passing the previous tests given.
Occasionally we failed the test or had to retake it due to a low grade. But most of us eventually did receive the diploma, got the degree, or today are driving that vehicle.
In time, after the tests were taken and passed, promotion to the next grade in school occurred to the next level, or the goal line was crossed. Victory!
We have been and will continue to be given tests by the Lord. We can take them, pass them, and move on to the greater things He has for us. The choice will always be ours to make.
What we do with the test we now are given will determine if we get to take another one. As for me, I like challenges, and welcome the tests the Lord gives me. (Most often anyway!)
How about you, my friend?
Pass the test you have been given. Greater things and adventures await those of us who do.
(As a side note, or “the end of the story” as Paul Harvey liked to say on his radio program in days gone by…as the Lord seemingly closed down the door here in this NC/SC region to bring some further unity to His local Body, He opened the door wide for me on my recent trip to India Feb. 11-21, 2020. In a span of five days, in two gatherings, 90 pastors came together to hear the 14 messages I delivered to them on blessing Israel and the Jews. This is a wide-open door that I will walk through every year from now on, Lord willing! And as He seems to further extend His heart for unity among His people, for whoever will heed His call, this is an encouragement, even as the former could be seen as a failure.)
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Now Think On This #485 – in the year of our Lord 03.02.2020 – “This is Only a Test” Monday, 7:45 am in Charlotte, NC USA