Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” (Heb 12:17)
Sacrifice is hard enough at the best of times – but when you have to give up what you believe has been God’s plan for and gift to your life, how is that possible? Abraham would be the example to follow -he reasoned that the apparent contradiction between God’s promise and God’s current command would have to be resolved; however, Abraham’s only responsibility was to obey the command – it fell to God to keep the promise.
Things in our lives, even those things we consider special gifts from God, must be held with a light hand; God may demand them back, especially if we are tempted to make those very things into idols. This is a lesson for ministers, who can put our ministry before the Lord who gave it; for parents who may idolise children, for people who put their careers in the first place in their lives and for all of us who are always tempted to elevate God’s gifts above God’s presence and power.