I had a conversation with a student the other day who is going through a very difficult time. Her world is swirling around her, seeming to crumble at its core, she wonders where God is in all of this. Does he even care? “I’m thinking of not ever coming back to church again” she told me. Don’t run away from Him, run toward Him I told her.
I ran across this in my personal devotions and thought of her, and some of you who are going through some of the hardest things you’ve faced in life. “Your deepest loves represent the most vulnerable space in your heart. The people and dreams you treasure most, bring both your greatest joys and deepest sorrows. What we love most, we hate most to lose. God our Father knows exactly how to test us for growth and how to save us through grace. When your faith is tested, do you hold tightly to God and loosely to everything else?”
The passage we are studying is Genesis, when God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his greatest joy, knowing it would bring him his greatest sorrow. Abraham holds tightly to God, loosely to everything else in complete surrender to His will. When your faith is being tested do you throw your hands up and turn away from Him, or stretch your arms out and run to the Father and with reckless abandon do what He has asked? What are you willing to sacrifice for Him?
“...For now I know that you truly fear God…” Genesis 22:12
In His service,