“Now I know that you love me since you did not withhold from me what I gave you, the son I promised, your only son.” In this day we do not like to think that God tests us to prove our love for him. Yet that is what God learns about Abraham. God had commanded Abraham to go to the mountain and hand over the gift of a family, his descendants, his future.
One aspect of loving God means we live in a relationship of trust in the one who gives life and blessing from himself to us who live in the world in which he has placed us. This world is where the Kingdom of God has come and is. To live as God intended, fully trusting him to provide our every need, is to believe his promises about our life here on earth and through eternity. Faith believes the promise. And we always behave the way we believe. R. R. Reno says of Abraham, “He has a future only insofar as he trusts the promises of God. All other means toward a new future circle back to the dead end of sin and death.”* Our future is with God in Christ Jesus, His only Son, our Lord.
Prayer: Father God, grant us faith to believe that you can and will, in Jesus’ name, keep every promise you make to us. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David L. Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.
*R. R. Reno, Genesis, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible