I just decided to do day ten because Ashton/Coyote(?) is not doing it. He said something about going on a holiday, so I’ll just do it.
I’m sorry you haven’t been able to read the Devo’s for a while. This day’s Devo is about the tests God gives us to see if we love him more than anyone or anything else. I’ll be doing a short bible story of the story of Abraham and Isaac. I’m sorry, this story isn’t my best.
The father watched his son running around happily chasing a butterfly round a tree. He stroked his long beard chuckling softly.
He stood up and patted his wife on the back kissing her on the cheek. “Looks like he’s having fun!”
“Hmmm....yes, Abraham, he is.” Sarah answered, smiling sweetly.
He walked into the tent, taking one more glance at his son. Then he bent down under the flap and sat down on a cushion to start sewing on his son’s cloak.
Minutes passed and he began to hum a Jewish folk song.
“Abraham! Abraham!” A voice startled Abraham.
“Lord? Lord! Here I am!” He replied, standing up.
“Take your son, your only son Isaac whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains.” The voice continued.
Abraham sat down stunned. But early the next morning, he took his son, his donkeys, and his servants, and journeyed up to the mountain God had told him to go to.
Then he took Isaac and told his servants, “I and the boy will go and worship, and then we will come back to you.”
So Abraham and Isaac went up to the hill.
And then Isaac said, “Father, the fire and wood is here, but where is the offering?”
And Abraham answered, “God will provide.”
He bound Isaac on the altar, and prepared to kill him.
Then suddenly a voice came from the heavens, “Abraham! Abraham! Do not lay a hand on the boy.
Now the Lord knows that you love Him more than you love your only son, whom you love.”
And that is the story for today.
God tested Abraham if he loved him. And yes, he did.
And did you notice something? Earlier before, when God called Abraham, God didn’t say anything about leaving early in the morning, or when.
But, Abraham left early in the morning, and he did not protest, or argue, but trusted God. He did not wait for a few days, weeks, months, but obeyed instantly.
And also, just there, he told his servants, WE will worship, and then WE will come back to you. That shows he trusted God, and that he knew God would not let anything happen to Isaac even if he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac.
And like my last devo, it was about rewards coming to those who love, trust, and obey him.
And later on in the story, we find out his reward was his son, and also the ram for the offering.
Luv and hugs,
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