FAITH CAPSULE: With obedience, without complaint, you shall have a journey through.
God called and spoke to Abraham, “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.” (Genesis 22:2) Abraham’s only son, whom he loves, was requested for as burnt offering by the One that was and that is in position to give and to take away as He pleases. Without questioning God, Abraham answered God’s calling to sacrifice his son. As if it was not challenging enough for Abraham to answer God’s command for the sacrifice of Abraham’s only son, the journey to the center of sacrifice (the land of Moriah) was to take three days.
Imagine how nagging it must have been in the mind of Abraham for not knowing the exact location and having to travel for three days.
The Bible records, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.” (Genesis 22:4)
The journey must have been the longest three days of Abraham’s life and yet there was no record of any complaint.
With the complaint, Abraham could have made it the longest three days journey of his life. However, Abraham kept quiet and kept the journey short.
During the Israelites’ journey of freedom from the bondage of over four hundred years, they could not keep quiet to keep their journey short. The Israelites’ complaint converted eleven days’ journey to forty years journey. The book of Deuteronomy 1:2-3 testifies, “It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him as commandments to them.” Eleven days’ journey turned out to be forty years journey because the Israelites could not resist complaining against God’s ordained journey.
Many words will no doubt cause trouble.
The Bible records against talking carelessly, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19) Careless talking can lead to complaining before God.
Abraham kept his cool and focused on God’s command. It must have been a difficult and challenging journey for him yet he kept on going through without complaint.
Abraham’s free of complaint relegated distraction and elevated his focus on God.
Abraham gave a reasonable sacrifice to God.
Abraham committed without any complaint, and God declared him as one who feared Him.
Abraham released Isaac unto God in each step of his response to God’s command.
Abraham demonstrated that he loved God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his strength.
In the journey of life, there is a beginning and an end when a call of sacrifice comes our way; answering to God’s calling has to be carried out to the end. Obedience does not require a half heart; it requires the whole heart (to wholly follow God’s command).
Prayer for today: Ask for His hand to hold you through in His calling all the days He has given you.