Then God said, “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 I will tell you about.”
Abraham had a bad example of love that we looked at in the previous devotion. This passage depicts one of the greatest acts of love in the Bible.
Abraham and Sarah were childless until God gave them Isaac in their old age. But God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. This was not an issue of God desiring the death of Isaac but instead it was a question of Abraham’s faith and love for God.
Abraham had been given many promises by God; the birth of Isaac was just one of these promises. But he was to have many descendants through Isaac as well and if Isaac was dead, this would be very hard.
God wants to know how much we love Him. This doesn’t necessarily mean giving things up – it will vary in each situation. What it does mean though is that we have to make tough choices. Are we going to do what we want or will we do what God wants?
Sacrifice doesn’t just apply to our relationship with God. It applies to all loving relationships. Love is looking out for the other person’s best interest and not your own.
God had nothing to gain from Isaac’s death but Abraham was willing to do as God asked because he loved the Lord. If we are going to love God and others there will be times that we must sacrifice what we want for the greater good.