1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. – Genesis 22:1-2
I was in Yosemite National Park and I was on a mission, a sightseeing mission.
There was only a limited amount of time and lots to see. I had to pick and choose carefully. I decided to get the ‘big picture’. There was a spot at the park called Glacier Point. It is one of the highest places at the park and would give me a grandiose overlook of the park. In order for me to get there I had to go up a long winding road to the top. As I started up the mountain I realized there were many things to distract me. There were lesser views that were pretty stunning in their on right, there were majestic pine trees and towering cliffs. If I stopped to see them on the way up the mountain I would never get to my destination. I decided to ignore everything else and just get to the top of the mountain. When I arrived it was worth the experience the view was incredible. All of the distractions on the way up paled in comparison.
In our text today we find Abraham also on a mission. He responded in faith to the Lord’s test. God sometimes tests us not that He may know what we are made of but that we may know as a means of strengthening our faith walk. Whenever God calls us we should always say ‘yes’. God told Abraham to go to the mountain, Mt Moriah which means, “chosen by Jehovah”. How interesting that God not only chooses the test but also the place of the test. In His divine sovereignty the Lord always has everything under complete control. The question is do we trust Him? On his way up the mountain there were many things that could have claimed Abraham’s attention away from his goal but he remained focused on what the Lord had called him to do. Are we as focused in our walk with the Lord or do we get distracted by other things that we sometimes believe are more important? When Abraham got to the mountain there were some obstacles to overcome. His son Isaac watched Abraham build the alter of sacrifice and prepare the wood but he wondered, “Where is the sacrifice?” Little did he know that he himself was to be the sacrifice. In our daily lives are we willing to make our sacrifices to walk and live for Christ? Is anything that God asks us to give ever too much in light of what God was willing to give for us? “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16. When we get to the top of the mountain the experience is unforgettable. We may find inspiration on the mountain but we are not to stay there. We are to go back down in the valley and live life more abundantly because of our time on the mountain. We have gained or regained God’s perspective on what honors Him.
H. Scott Latimer