Sunday, August 23, 2009

Commitment on Trial

Read: Genesis 22:1-14

Teachers give written and oral exams so they can discover what students have learned. God designs spiritual tests for us but for a different reason. His purpose is not to acquire knowledge. He already knows all about us. His tests are designed to help us learn about ourselves, discover new truths about Him, and grow spiritually.

Our commitment to the lordship of Christ is one area in which God will always test us. Will we stand firm when our path is full of obstacles? Will we trust the Lord and depend on Him when life treats us unfairly? We need not fear the testing times because our loving Father has promised to set limits on our trials (1 Corinthians 10:13), to walk through them with us (Matthew 28:20b), and to make them beneficial for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)

One of God’s tests for Abraham was the command to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. God never intended for Isaac to be killed. That would have violated His divine nature. As the Lord had planned, the trial revealed Abraham’s firm commitment to our heavenly Father. It also demonstrated the depth of God’s sufficiency and faithfulness to His followers, which caused the patriarch’s faith to grow.

Painful though this testing must have been, it was necessary to mature Abraham into the man God designed him to become. Christians vary greatly in their commitment to the lordship of Christ.

What has a recent difficulty in your life revealed about your dedication? Ask God to use the problems you face to deepen your devotion to Him and make you more like Jesus.

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