FAITH CAPSULE: For God’s calling, are you questioning His calling without faith?
God called 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) God asked for Abraham’s only son, whom he loves, to be used for a burnt offering.
Abraham did not question the calling of God for his son.
Are you questioning the calling of God?
Questioning God’s calling with faith can be acceptable before God but questioning God’s calling with doubt is not acceptable before God.
For example, with faith, Samuel questioned God’s calling when he was sent by God, to go and anoint David as King when Saul was the king of the people.
1Samuel 16:2-3 records Samuel’s question and God’s response, “But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”
God answered Samuel’s question.
Without faith, are you questioning God’s calling over your life?
Abraham did not question the calling of God but answered fully to God’s calling over his life.
The Bible records, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.” (Genesis 22:4)
Abraham did not complain over the calling of God in his life.
The Israelites did not question the calling of God to the Promised Land but failed because of their complaint.
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.”
Questioning God without faith or complaining before God can be rooted in careless thought or talking.
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 gave a reasonable sacrifice to God.
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.
God declared Abraham as one who feared Him.
In the journey of life, the calling of God, there is a beginning and end. When God calls you, answer obediently with trust and hope to arrive at God’s calling, just like Abraham.
Prayer for today: Ask God to give you a heart of faith in all your thought and action.