Let the gift not cause a rift
Between you and the Giver
Just as Abraham was tested
About Isaac, you will be tested.
Rather let the gift, bring a lift
To a place of trust, surrender
Worship, devotion, dedication
Consecration, adoration, adulation.
Know that what you give up to God
Will one day return, come back to you
As a blessing- an unexpected reward.
Concerning the gift: know you’re a steward.
Genesis 22:1-17 (New King James Version)
Abraham’s Faith Confirmed
1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad[a] and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide;[b] as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 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— 17 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.
Children can be very funny and yet communicate life-changing truths to us. Can you imagine giving a child a gift and then moments later you ask for part of that gift and the child shrugs its shoulders telling you, ‘No! It’s mine.
We also do the same in many ways when God gives us things, people, children and requires us to surrender them to Him. God tests us like He did Abraham to see if we love Him more than what He has given to us. It is s test of sacrifice; a test of obedience, love, worship and dedication.
May we pass this test this year.
May we realise that when God wants something from us, it is to give Him the opportunity to give back to us, enlarge us, bless us to be a blessing, not just to our generation but the generations to come.
Let us pray:
Lord, I come in total surrender to You. I thank You for the gifts that you have given to me, realising that all good and perfect gifts come from You, our Father, who gives liberally.
Help me to loose my grip on the things you have given to me and be willing to surrender them to You in obedience and to show my love, loyalty, dedication and worship.
O Lord, may the gift not cause rift betweens You and I, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
©Fenny West 2011-5 Devotion/test/trial of faith 01