Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The wonderful simplicity of Abraham

"I Yam What I Yam".

He said, ’Take now your son`. —Genesis 22:2

G-d’s command is, "Take now," not later. It is incredible how we debate! We know something is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it immediately. If we are to climb to the height G-d reveals, it can never be done later— it must be done now. And the sacrifice must be worked through our will before we actually perform it.

"So Abraham rose early in the morning . . . and went to the place of which G-d had told him" ( Genesis 22:3 ). When G-d spoke, he did not confer with flesh and blood. Beware when you want to "confer with flesh and blood" or even your own thoughts, insights, or understandings— anything that is not based on your personal relationship with G-d. These are all things that compete with and hinder obedience to G-d.

Abraham did not choose what the sacrifice would be. Always guard against self-chosen service for G-d. Self-sacrifice may be a disease that impairs your service. If G-d has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; or even if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him. If the providential will of G-d means a hard and difficult time for you, go through it. But never decide the place of your own martyrdom, as if to say, "I will only go to there, but no farther." G-d chose the test for Abraham, and Abraham neither delayed nor protested, but steadily obeyed. If you are not living in touch with G-d, it is easy to blame Him or pass judgment on Him. You must go through the trial before you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because by going through the trial you learn to know G-d better. G-d is working in us to reach His highest goals until His purpose and our purpose become one.

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1 Comments:

At Wednesday, September 09, 2009 12:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Panentheism

 

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