Thinking That Misrepresents God
“Take your son,” God said, “your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much, and go to the land of Moriah. There on a mountain that I will show you, offer him as a sacrifice to me.” (Genesis 22:2 GNT)
Character determines how a man interprets God’s will. Abraham interpreted God’s command to mean that he had to kill his son, and he could only leave this [thinking and] tradition behind by the pain of a tremendous ordeal. God could purify his faith in no other way. If we obey what God says according to our sincere belief, God will break us from [that way of thinking and] those traditions that misrepresent him. There are many such beliefs that we need to get rid of—for example, that God would remove a child because the mother loves him too much. That’s a devil’s lie, and a travesty of the true nature of God! If the devil can hinder us from getting rid of wrong [thinking] and traditions about God, he will do so; but if we keep true to God [as did Abraham], God will take us through an ordeal which will bring us out into a better knowledge of himself.
- Oswald Chambers (excerpted and adapted from My Utmost for His Highest)
From the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the enemy of our souls would have us believe that God would withhold any good thing from us. We must resist him, standing firm in the faith!
Read Genesis 22:1-18.