GENESIS 22:3; GALATIANS 1:11-17
Even though Abraham could not understand why God would command him to offer his
son, he was not slow in responding. Genesis 22:3 says, "And Abraham rose up early in
the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his
son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of
which God had told him."
In Abraham's response there was no reluctance, no hesitation, no doubt, no staggering,
no unbelief. Abraham did not delay. He did not endeavor to reason things out or spend
time consulting with other people about the matter.
So also when the apostle Paul was called to preach the Gospel, he said, "Immediately I
conferred not with flesh and blood" (Gal. 1:16). This is important. There are occasions
when no time should be taken to counsel with men.
God found ready faith in Abraham. Faith triumphed over natural affections, over reason,
over self-will. God's grace found a ready outlet through which it could manifest itself.
Might our faith be as Abraham's faith. As we yield our lives to the Lord, He will work in
us "both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). Then we will be able to say
with the apostle Paul, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (4:13).
For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).